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When the Kings Come Marching In Paper In the book When the Kings Come Marching In, theologian, Richard J. Mouw goes into depth about the “transformed City” that Isaiah envisions at the end of history (Isaiah 60). Our society believes that “Christ and Culture” are in conflict with one another, but Mouw disagrees with this statement and proposes that the problem is how humans have distorted culture. Mouw goes on and suggests that heaven is and will be a renewed creation that includes embodied existence on earth rather than a spiritual place where creation is apart from the soul. Mouw supports his argument throughout the book by explaining the creation of culture, Christ’s grace towards His creation, and offering a purpose to our existence.…show more content…
Mouw mentions that there are several ways in which humans have used the Old Testament in order to justify and reinforce racial prejudice (Mouw 71). He wants us to see the Holy City as a multinational world with no distinctions between God’s people. He says, “Christians should point to the love of neighbors as the ethical norm for the regulation of relationships among people” (Mouw 72). As it says in the Bible, Israel is God’s people and acts as a representative of the nations. Mouw indicates that both Jews and Gentiles will receive the benefits of God’s redemption. He uses the prophecy of Isaiah 19, in which the Lord refers to the Egyptians as “[His] people” (Mouw 76). People argue that the Old Testament supports the opposite view, in which gentile people are seen as inferior. In the beginning of time, God did make a covenant and established Israel as the representative of his kingdom, but he didn’t forget about everyone else. God has a plan for his creation and both blessed and cursed Israel for its position. The Holy City that Isaiah talks about reverses the curse of Babel. The curse of Babel is where God’s people let greediness and egocentrism take over their lives and God punished them by confusing their tongues and dividing them throughout the earth. Mouw believes that it’s the duty of the Christian community to pursue racial appeasement: “We must voice our protest against the suffering caused by the kinds of…show more content…
This leads us to question the source of light. It seems that the light is referring to Jesus Christ according to John. Mouw then began to find the similarities and differences between the description of the Holy City in both Isaiah and Revelation. John speaks in general terms of “the glory and honor of the nations,” while Isaiah describes the processional in considerable detail, identifying animals and vessel’s commercial goods (Mouw 99). Both Isaiah and John describe the Holy City as a placed where darkness and distress will be banished. Isaiah believes that “the glory of the Lord” or “light” has risen upon the City. Mouw states that God created us to subdue the earth and incorporate our filling in it. He believes God incorporates our history and culture with us to the new age. Mouw explains that most Christians are unaware of the importance of this life and unconcerned with cultural issues. He says that the individualistic aspects of Christ’s work is not a bad thing, but can become dangerous: “There is nothing that is intrinsically inappropriate, then, about an understanding of the gospel that strongly emphasizes the individualizing love of God” (Mouw 109). Mouw then starts talking about the difference between individual and structural sin. He believes that the God sees institutionalized sin and individual sins the same and the church should be concerned with both. Mouw
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