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August 17, 2012
Friday, August 17 (Session 6, Day 13)
The ceiling of our abode, brought forth by the Creator this day, silently shouted in nooks, crannies, and halls whom sent out by His grace “culture changers” being ambassadors of the kingdom, declaring His own magnificence to subjects of life whom partake of Lady Wisdom’s feast, and equally to those who avert their gaze from the pronounced truth. Truth scribed on the minute tablet of His finer details which distribute gifts and uniqueness to those of dominion, and painted on the canvas of Creation a work to exceed the passion of Rembrandt’s The Prodigal Son and the inordinate allure of Michelangelo’s decoration on the ceiling of Rome’s Sistine Chapel. This Creator, which the majority of His subjects once knew in a half remembered dream as the “One who ascribes definite definition and value” (Genesis 1), thence released the climax of the story scripted with poetic mastery, as the One who had inspired David, portrayed in the sky. Rain then fell in undulating waves from the heavens as light, permeating the majestic yet hindering clouds, creating palatial light of adornment giving way to the archaic art of ponderation, and in turn dusting reality’s shrouded pages. As the lost seek true north, utilizing a spinning compass and tainted lens of which to view the map, where rests then road of truth?
“For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14 ESV). With distorted observations given by a false sense of truth, brothers and sisters of light and the vagabond often travel along side seeking the narrow path; however, with incorrect sense of direction they fall into pitfalls such as the Slough of Despond similar to Christian in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Though, if the reader remembers, there came a man named Evangelist, who not only proclaimed the reality of sin and the hope of salvation to Christian whilst abiding in the city of Destruction, but also would disciple Christian; guiding him on his journey in time of need to the Celestial City. Ergo, a more suitable name would be “Evangelist Ambassador of Christ”. Consider the words of Paul:
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:18-20a ESV)
Hence, those who are in Christ are ministers of reconciliation, carrying the communiqué of hope and truth.
Throughout the latter part of the evening Dr. Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, gave insight into the criterion of an ambassador. Dr. Myers noted the Greek vernacular contained within the scripture above, specifically that of reconciliation, world, and ambassador: katallosso (reconciliation → catalyst) meaning “an agent that creates a reaction”, kosmos (world → cosmos) meaning “the order of all things”, and presbeuo (ambassador → elder) meaning “a person who brings maturity and balance into an immature and chaotic situation.” The church (being the body of Christ) as Watchman Nee, a Chinese Christian radical, noted the ecclesia (Greek for “the church”) are “the called out ones.” Contending with the statements listed, being the called out ambassadors, the church is charged thusly: Christ gave ecclesia the ministry of being an agent creating a reaction, in an imbalanced, immature and chaotic situation of rebellion, from which balance, maturity, order and freedom are returned to all things. How is this accomplished?
Greg Koukl, author of Tactics and Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air, delivered the afternoon lectures: What is Christianity?, Tactics in Defending the Faith, and No Other Name. Mr. Koukl, president and founder of the ministry Stand To Reason (str.org) and a leading apologist, gave tactics and strategy to graciously utilize while defending the Christian faith and values in the public arena. During the course of these lectures Mr. Koukl defined Christianity and listed its answers to the four elements of a worldview (the spectacle of reality) being creation, fall redemption, and restoration. Thus, the education pertaining to the party represented by the ambassador is given. The terms of intellectual engagement and navigation was distributed, the tool is “The Columbo Tactic.” The Columbo tactic’s key strategy is: ask questions; thus the individual is in the “drivers seat” of the argument, able then to contest with most on the intellectual spectrum and to maneuver away from the “hot seat” or carrying the burden of proof. Mr. Koukl conclusively gave the assurance of the ambassador being that Christ is the only way to God the Father and perfect communion with God.
Christian, bestowed with the armor of God and the sword of truth begins his trek to the celestial city, fighting enemies such as Apollyon, and without relent remained on the narrow way to the celestial city, encountering many a person on the course of his journey to whom he declared truth, and was given truth by fellow ambassador Faithful. The uniqueness of this entry rests in this, the summarization of Summit Ministries summer 2012 Session 6. There exists a conflict with the prize being the definition of words and meaning, thus leading to the assignment of a spectacle of reality to society. The Summit conference, has not come to an end, but merely distributed the equipment and tools of engagement to ambassadors to contend for truth. Alumni of Summit Session 6 and fellow ambassadors of Christ, as Scott Klusendorf, we are landing on the beach of Normandy, not to fight with and over projectile and land, but with ideas and for definition. When we return to our abodes, centers of learning, and community the access on the boats will lower and we will charge. One question remains: will you fight?
Vivere in veritatem.