God’s chosen people should clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Transformational theological education in Africa implies that God in his grace transforms hearts, minds, attitudes, life conditions, lifestyles, the economy and stewardship.
God is ushering in his kingdom by forgiving, reconciling, regenerating, empowering, gifting, equipping and sending. Also by creating, providing and sustaining, demanding justice, truth and mercy. And making the church a channel of his compassion.
This is our biblical and theological mandate for engaging social evils. Africa desperately needs Christ-centred leaders preaching the kingdom with compassion.
(Dr Flip Buys, research professor of missiology and practical theology, North-West University, South Africa. Also International Director of the World Reformed Fellowship.)
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