Campus Ambassadors @ UAlbany

BIBLICAL RIGHTEOUSNESS


BIBLICAL   RIGHTEOUSNESS

Apathy and personal consumption are signs of conformity in our world of suffering. We are committed to living an alternative lifestyle to the consumerism of this generation and implementing God’s Kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

The gospel of the Kingdom of God embraces the totality of the human experience with compassion and justice. We cannot be at ease in God’s Kingdom until its redemption (both personal and social) has been offered to all. Structural sins manifested in our culture and its institutions oppose the Kingdom of God. The result is that many people are doomed from their birth to be alienated, left out, and often exploited. This is a spiritual problem which calls for biblical preaching and repentance.

Personal holiness is a prerequisite to public righteousness. Together we are God’s tool to call the world-system to righteousness by our own salt-light model. We reject two fallacies. First, a “religious only” discipleship. Campus ministries generally have emphasized primarily Bible study, prayer, witnessing and fellowship, to the exclusion or demotion of other areas of discipleship. This understanding of Scripture fails to recognize the great emphasis Jesus placed on meeting the emotional and physical needs of those with which he came into contact (Matt. 23:23). The second fallacy is a “solely individual solution” to structural sin. Some argue that removing the “ghetto” from a person (conversion) will ultimately remove the person from the ghetto and the ghetto from our planet. This theology fails to come to grips with the fact that the whole (culture and its structures dominated by Satan) is greater than the sum of its parts (individuals) (Eph. 6:12). Even were every individual converted, sinful structures would still result in some people experiencing systematic exploitation and alienation. “The full power of the church can be unleashed if we link personal salvation to social action. It is not a case of either-or; it is both-and. Anything less is only a partial gospel, not the whole counsel of God” (Robert F. DeHaan).

We work among the students on the secular campus to establish a generation in biblical (personal and public) righteousness. It concerns PUBLIC DISCIPLESHIP. We seek to turn a nation to the godly qualities of compassion and justice. Thus we expose students to the neglect of these qualities (contact). We build a theological framework to evaluate and respond to the problems and solutions (confrontation). This is the potential task of our students. Biblical righteousness is our ultimate goal.

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