Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and Social Work – Part 2

Pandy tip- diplomaPreviously, I posted the first post in a series on Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and Social Work – Intro. I am continuing the discussion of this topic with the first question. Some questions may overlap each other in content, but for sake of clarity, I will allow each question to be answered and posted individually. If you have any questions or insights you would like to offer on particular questions please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to cover this subject as thoroughly as possible.

It is important to note that to differentiate social work and psychology is an important task, and must be done in order to know just what it is that separates the two. The initial line of questioning involved understanding Psychology as a whole and the questioner did not know there was much difference between the two fields, and not many do. The differences will hopefully be illustrated by answering question four. But for now, lets get to the first one shall we?

Q. What motivated you to choose a major in social work?

A. I was motivated to choose a major in this field by a number of factors. Most notably, my exposure to the field at an early age. Not necessarily as a proponent or pupil, but as a subject. I was privy to the insight of many well-educated social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, guidance counselors, and other “social service” workers and agencies. What I experienced personally and through observation showed me later in my life that there are many things that seemed broken in the way individuals are assisted through these avenues. I felt that I could make a difference.

Although not to influence change on the social services and professions themselves, but to learn the methods and means to become accredited and serve in a capacity that would allow me to help individuals one person at a time. I honestly feel that treating everything BUT the sin nature of the individual is inherently evil in and of itself and merely reinforcing the problem that originally created the need for man’s inability to be “good”. That problem I would identify from my own world-view is sin.

My motivation is to reintroduce in the practices I employ as a professional the very things I’ve seen disregarded or ignored in my personal experience. In my opinion, this lack is conclusively identified as the absence of the message of Christ and proclamation of restoration through salvation in him.

What about you? Do you have personal experience with the social work profession or its ideology? What do you think could be different?

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This post is part of a series.

  1. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and Social Work – Intro
  2. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and Social Work – Part 2

Nikolai Berdyaev | Slavery and Freedom

“Egoism, self-seeking, self-conceit, pride, the will to power, hatred of others, violence, all become virtues when transferred from personality to the nation as a whole…National self-conceit and pride is a lie, just as much as it is by the way ludicrous and stupid…[nationalism precipitates] men into a fictitious and illusory life.”

Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and Social Work – Intro

Helping-Hand

A friend has asked me if he could pick my brain regarding my choice of major (Social Work) and how it correlates to my Christian Faith. We started this conversation back in 2009, and having worked in the field for a couple years, some of my responses have changed. The question is one I still keep asking myself and the answer, I believe will be changed several times more. But, the question itself has remained the same. Why did I become social worker? How does my faith and my vocational choice interact with each other? Why in the world would I embrace certain aspects of secular theory regarding human behavior? Is it all just as simple as relating it to sin and calling it a night? These questions all have validity in their inquiry, but does my answer to them hold a candle to biblical truth?

I hope to answer my friends questions as succinctly as possible, and I will be sharing them here. As he is not the first to ask me these, he is the first to take time to put down his questions in written form and allow me to tackle them one at a time. I hope this discussion proves fruitful for him, me, and all others who chose to read this. I hope it piques your curiosity as well, as it is question many of us have in a world where self-help has run amuck, the pharmaceutical companies get filthy rich while they create “cures” for mental health issues, and individuals are consistently convinced that they will “always” have a problem with their…problems…

May Christ be glorified in all this, and I am excited about these questions. I hope you will join me for discussion on these topics. And as usual, there is more to come!

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This post is part of a series.

  1. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and Social Work – Intro
  2. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ, and Social Work – Part 2

Who will Jesus raise from the dead?

The Raising of Lazarus
Raising of Lazarus painting by Alessandro Magnasco

“Let it sink in who we are dealing with here.”

Michael Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Julius Caesar. Will God raise them from the dead?

John 5:25 Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment

John Piper once delivered a message that really struck me. In his message he discusses resurrection. The dead are all raised, every one of them, to judgment. The just, and the unjust. This is a pure demonstration of the power of God and how His resurrecting power will bring those who know His Son, and those who have rejected Him to life again.

Please enjoy this brief compilation of the best part of this message combined with music in this “Sermon Jam.”

Original Sermon Location: Desiring God Ministries

Audio Artist Credit: Newgrounds Audio Portal

 

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James White, John Piper, and Christian aggression | Two camps

cowboyI once received a message about a post from James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries. His post entitled ‘I Beg to Differ, Brother Piper,’ in every sense of Dr. White’s style, speaks for itself. He articulates his point and clarifies his intention is only to speak briefly on the matter. He expresses his brief opinion about John Piper’s statements about Guns and Martyrdom following the Supreme Court ruling on guns in the homes of Americans.

Summarily, John Piper’s post considered the sacrifice made by the missionaries to the Auca (Waudoni) Indians in Ecuador in 1956. The missionaries Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, and Nate Saint lost their lives attempting to reach an otherwise unreached people. Although these men met physical death that day they could have easily averted it with the side arms in their possession, right? Had these men simply chosen to fire their weapons in defense of their lives they may well still be here today, and there would be no story to tell regarding this matter. (Guns and Martyrdom: John Piper)

I would like to begin by looking at the sentiments expressed by Dr. White, and as he invokes the right to disagreement in lieu of Christian liberty, so shall I. Dr. White states that his intention behind the blog was not to start a blog war, and this is not an attempt to awaken a sleeping dog. I just want to touch on the topic as it is often a response that mirrors those I encounter from other Christians as well. Continue reading James White, John Piper, and Christian aggression | Two camps

Jesus, two swords, and nothing to sleep with |Non-Resistance?

fightingromanTo fight or not to fight, that is the question? In the realm of Christianity the typical proof texts for justifying the act of violence or resistance abound. American citations of the Second Amendment and the instruction of Jesus to “go and buy two swords” find themselves the primary content of discussions on this very topic. Whether or not the Christian should arm or use a weapon in defense of their persons and family becomes an important question. It is even more important when you weigh such acts against the entire corpus of Jesus’ teaching concerning violence.

Situational ethics make for great conversations and debates. But, they seldom answer the personal question of whether I am being obedient to what I believe Jesus has taught me. Early in my spiritual life, I believed the ideology of Augustine, Eusebius, and other ‘Just War’ advocates to be sufficient rationale for resisting an evil man. After all, I have an obligation to kill and defend myself against would be attackers; as long as they do not attack me while I am preaching the gospel. Then it becomes a matter of applying the teachings of Jesus and not the Second Amendment.  Continue reading Jesus, two swords, and nothing to sleep with |Non-Resistance?