By E. Van Der Borght

During this age of globalization, a necessity for a communicative clarification of non-public and staff positions additionally motivates Christians to explain extra accurately their identification in terms of different actors in society. What makes a Christian a Christian? what's in particular Christian in social acions or political calling? Is there a distinction among Christian justice and justice quite often - and how Christians take care of justice? what's our calling as Christians? The contributions during this quantity are the results of the sixth biannual IRTI convention in Seoul 2005 in this topic.

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This kind of confrontations often requires more self-surrender than is required for quietism and to be silent before the persecutors. But Christians do not fear the risk because they do not belong to themselves, but are owned by their Lord. The impact of the belief that we are owned by Christ and do not propagate an alternative society can be made clear by a story that is told of Luther. ” That means two things. First, that the kingdom of God does not disturb earthly conditions to the very end of earth’s history.

In God’s active, creative judgment, the forensic and ontological dimensions coincide. Word and sacrament proclaim “the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Rom. 4: 17). In The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, Luther declares: “Baptism thus signifies two things—death and resurrection, that is, full and complete justifica- devastating grace: justificatio impii and i-dentity 43 tion…This death and resurrection we call the new creation, regeneration, and spiritual birth.

72 It does not deny that there is progress in the Christian life, but that consists in a progressive dying—and therefore living—in and with Christ. For the post-Enlightment mentality, which has sold its soul to the ideology of progress, this tension is intolerable. In Luther’s theologia crucis it is essential. In his De servo arbitrio he explains: In order to make belief possible, everything that is believed must be hidden. It is, however, most hidden, precisely when confronted with perception, the senses and experience.

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