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In die Skriflig

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In Skriflig (Online) vol.44 no.2 Cape Town Jan. 2010

 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

'n Ekklesiologiese model vir die bediening van versoening in 'n sosio-politieke konteks

 

An ecclesiological model for the ministry of reconciliation in a socio-political context

 

 

J.M. Vorster

Skool vir Kerkwetenskappe, Potchefstroomkampus, Noordwes-Universiteit, POTCHEFSTROOM. E-pos: koos.vorster@nwu.ac.za

 

 


OPSOMMING

Hierdie navorsingsartikel ondersoek, vanuit 'n gereformeerde perspektief, n moontlike ekklesiologiese model wat geskik is om sosio-politieke versoening in die Suid-Afrikaanse konteks te bevorder. Die uitgangspunt is dat gereformeerde teologie per definisie n publieke teologie is, omdat dit onder andere die reformasie van die samelewing in die oog het. Eerstens behandel die artikel die historiese bydrae van die ekklesiologiese model van Kuyper en die bydrae van die reformatoriese filosofie, by name die "Wysbegeerte van die wetsidee". Tweedens fokus die ondersoek op die bybelse konsep "koninkryk van God" en die implikasies daarvan vir die ekklesiologiese model. Met hierdie perspektiewe as uitgangspunt word tot die konklusie gekom dat die geïnstitueerde kerk as die "kragstasie" van die samelewing gesien moet word. Die kerk moet gelowiges toerus om sosio-politieke reformasie van die samelewing te bevorder. Die geïnstitueerde kerk moet ook self by sosio-politieke reformasie betrokke wees deur die prediking van die versoening en die sosio-politieke betekenis daarvan. As gemeenskap van gelowiges moet dit die voorbeeld van versoening wees deur die grense van rassisme, xenofobie, homofobie, seksisme en etnosentrisme te oorkom.

Kernbegrippe: ekklesiologiese model, koninkryk van God, Kuyper samelewingsleer, sosio-politieke versoening


ABSTRACT

This research article examines an ecclesiological model suitable for the promotion of socio-political reconciliation in the South African context from a reformed theological and philosophical pespective. Its point of departure is that reformational theology is per definition a public theology, which is inter alia directed at the renewal of society, and that churches have a positive role to play in this regard. Firstly, the article investigates the historic contribution of Kuyper's ecclesiology and Dooye-weerd's perspective on social life and the philosophy of the idea of Law. Secondly, the article focuses on the biblical concept "Kingdom of God" and its implications for an ecclesiological model. Taking into account the contributions of these two lines of thought, the article concludes that the church should be seen as the "power station" of society. The church should equip believers to promote socio-political transformation in society. Furthermore, the church should be actively engaged in socio-political transformation by preaching the reconciliation in Christ and its implications for society, and by being an example of reconciliation amidst a divided community by overcoming the divisions caused by racism, tribalism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and ethnocentrism in its own midst.

Key concepts: ecclesiological model, Kingdom of God, Kuyper perspective on social life, socio-political reconciliation


 

 

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