Weird statement

I recently read this temperamental statement:

 “We now have a culture of fools so desperate that they are eager to change the world. God help us. Christianity doesn’t call us to that, but to a calm and peaceful life.”

What do you make of that?


5 Responses

  1. Paul had a mission and command by revelation and under the authority of the apostles. He was in submission every second of his career. But you’re quite right, he wasn’t allowed a quiet and peaceful life very often. But he did strive for one. I suspect he was able to be pretty peaceful during his years in Corinth.

    The thing is, he wasn’t trying to turn the world over, he was preaching grace and mercy. When we strive for the former, it’s easy to forget the latter.

    It’s kind of like suffering: God uses it to make us more like His Son, but we are not supposed to seek it. On the other hand, if we really want it, we can count on some sort of opposition and dismay when we strive to live a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and dignity.

    It dawns on me that we are supposed to pray for it and therefore desire it, not make it our goal. Godliness and dignity yet, quiet and peaceful are God’s to give as He sees fit.

  2. I’ve heard a similar statement that, “God didn’t call us to fix the world. He called us to be salt and light in it.”

  3. Good question. Did Paul live a quiet and peaceable life? He didn’t just sit around being submissive. I don’t know if I would call what he did aggressive, though. A lot depends on one’s definitions of all these words! And, of course Paul was the one who penned those words to Timothy.

    If missionaries go to “hostile” countries to preach the gospel, are they being quiet and peaceable and submissive? Should they not be going to these places?

  4. I suspect he’s referring to I Tim 2:2:

    Pray for “all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.”

    If we turn the world upside down, are we supposed to do it aggressively or through submission?

  5. Yes, that is weird. I don’t think I agree that Christianity calls us to a “calm and peaceful life.” Where does it say that in the Bible? I seem to remember something about the early Christians “turning the world upside down”! Also, though of course we are to be at peace with all men, insofar as that is possible, it doesn’t mean that we are to have no impact on the world.

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