Comments: Doing Good

I find this depressing. This report seems to define "doing good" as "making more 'Christians'". I think that's putting the cart before the horse.

Doing Good is its OWN reward. If doing good is defined by "doing God", I think that misses the point on *both*.

Christ has come, Alleluia! If one's life expresses THAT Truth---that LOVE WINS---then the rest is up to God. More "Christians", fewer "Christians", no "Christians": God is working God's purpose out, regardless.

A blessed Christmas to all @ TA!

Posted by JCF at Monday, 26 December 2016 at 10:08am GMT

I agree JCF and said so a few days ago in a post that seems to have been eaten by the internet.

People should "do good" in order to "do good", not in order to market a religion.

Doing good is its own end.

We love people because love is just the right thing to do.

Posted by Susannah Clark at Tuesday, 27 December 2016 at 12:33am GMT

JCF doesn't need to be depressed as the report says the opposite of what they think it does.

The report addresses the issue of proselytism on p57 & 58 and how it is specifically censured in the Sermon on the Mount and similarly in Matt 6:1-4, 1 Cor. 13:3, 1 Peter 4:10 and in church teaching. It also refers to empirical evidence that - for example - "FBOs did not ‘force’ religion onto homeless people, and very rarely demanded particular behavioural changes.”

On this subject the report concludes that "social liturgy should aim to do what it is there to do – help, heal, counsel, feed, clothe, etc. – and to be open about the theological reason behind it. If that intrigues and engages people who then proceed to ask questions and enquire about Christianity – good: that is the right moment to respond intelligently and sensitively to any questions asked. If, conversely, it does not intrigue and engage people, who move on without ever wondering about Christianity – good: a genuine human need has still been served and a public good achieved."

Posted by UinP at Monday, 2 January 2017 at 10:44am GMT
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