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God Calls Us to Advocate for Social Change by “Appealing to Caesar” – Part VIII

A guest post by Ben Dudley
If you haven’t read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI or Part VII yet, check those out first.

Conclusion
As I set out to support the thesis that God calls us to advocate for social change by “appealing to Caesar,” I have learned so much about the mission of God.  Moses appealing to Pharaoh continued God’s mission for Israel to be a light to other nations.  Being able to trace a motif throughout scripture also helped me better understand a hermeneutical framework for reading scripture.

As far as supporting the thesis statement, there may be a need to add one important clarification onto the end of the statement.  I do believe the thesis to be true, however I believe that the thesis lacks significant reasoning for the action.  I would conclude this paper with a suggestion that the thesis add: God calls us to advocate for social change by “appealing to Caesar” so that the nations will know the one true God.

WORKS CITED
Claiborne, Shane, and Chris Haw. 2008. Jesus for president : politics for ordinary radicals. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Glasser, Arthur F., and Charles Edward Van Engen. 2003. Announcing the kingdom : the story of God’s mission in the Bible. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.

Newbigin, Lesslie. 1995. The open secret : an introduction to the theory of mission. Rev. ed. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans.

Wright, Christopher J. H. 2006. The mission of God : unlocking the Bible’s grand narrative. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic.

Yoder, John Howard. 1994. The politics of Jesus : vicit Agnus noster. 2nd ed. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich. Carlisle, UK: Eerdmans ;Paternoster Press.

Ben Dudley was born and raised in Texas, though he has always felt like he belonged on the West Coast. He and his wife now reside in Portland, Oregon. Ben is a graduate of Baylor University in 1999 with a Church Recreation and Leisure Services Degree, and is currently two years into a Master of Arts in Global Leadership Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor in two different churches prior to moving to Portland where he and his wife, along with a core team of people are planting a church. Ben also works with CrossTraining-US where he serves as a chaplain to professional soccer players in Portland. He considers himself a very lucky man to be married to his beautiful wife Jamie, who is his best friend and partner in ministry. They both love to travel, eat good food and spend time with friends and family.


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