The Igbo Context in Nigeria
CHAPTER FIVE. Faith goes Further – The Church and the World vis-à-vis Igbo Church and Society: Witnessing in Concrete 99
99 CHAPTER FIVE Faith goes Further The Church and the World vis-à-vis Igbo Church and Society: Witnessing in Concrete The quest for Igbo theology is ‘a mission of witnessing.’ In this sense this kind of mission does not take place in a vacuum. It seems to say that there is always some ‘locale’ for mission, here, the ‘Church’ and ‘World’ in its totality becomes the locale of this mission, and spe- cifically the Igbo society. All the traditional values and patrimonies of the people are brought in to bear in this quest of witnessing. It is possible to assume that the Church and the World are in- compatible (or Religion and Politics do not mix?). “Citizenship as a form of service was recognized in scripture. “God so loved the World,” adds scriptural assurance that God’s work is directed toward the fulfill- ment of this World. The Church is in and for the World. Its mission is to remind the World that the kingdom of God has not yet come to its full- ness and to invite people to participate in the vision of what might be. Despite the Marxists’ claim that religion anesthetizes one to the needs of the Earth, we find that persons who are strongly religious make the best citizens. Working to improve the society in which we live is not world- liness but love. When you love something, you take it seriously.” 1 Of course this depends sometimes on the model at stake. From a conflict...
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