Monday, 26 April, 2021.
Think Global. Act Local.
Ong Hwee Soo

Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Matthew 28:19

The phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally” is purported to be coined by David Brower (a prominent environmentalist) as a slogan for the organisation, ‘Friends of the Earth’ which he founded in 1971. However, the concept of ‘Think Global, Act Local’ has been attributed to Patrick Gaddes, a Scottish town planner and social activist, who propounded the idea in his book, ‘Cities in Evolution’ in 1915.

For environmentalists and activists, the motto moves people to consider the wellbeing of the entire planet and take action in their own communities and cities. Long before governments began to enforce environmental laws, individuals and NGOs were and still are working together to protect natural habitats.

As Christians, we should do our part in ’creation care’ as part of the ‘creation mandate’, given by God when He created the human race (Genesis 1:28).

For the church today, this notion of Thinking Globally and Acting Locally is also applicable to God’s mission.
Mark 16:15 , “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Luke 24:47 , “…and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. ”

Complying with Christ’s clarion call to proclaim the Gospel to the world, can well begin from our ‘Jerusalem’, that is, where we are right now; in our community, our city, in our country.

The word ‘nations’ above is the same word used in Matthew 28: 19 , “ Go , therefore and make disciples of all nations …”

The same root word is the Greek, ‘ethne’ (from which ‘ethnic’ is derived) which means ‘people groups’ rather than countries or sovereign states. The Greek verb ‘go’ here connotes ‘as you go’, implying wherever you go, not necessarily crossing national boundaries.

In the 21st century phenomena of glocalization and migration, reaching out to ethnic groups that are sojourning in our land is a key strategy for the church to obey Christ’s Great Commission to “ make disciples of all nations ”. No longer must a Christian travel to another country to interact with the unreached, because the unreached has reached our shores. Today, the vast majority of the global evangelical church is living in close proximity to peoples who have never heard the Gospel. As has often been said, the nations are right at our front doorstep or in our own backyard.

The tagline “Think Global. Act Local” rings true for those who aspire to grow as a ‘World Christian’ who are gripped by God’s global purposes. God is using worldwide movements to bring lost people in our midst into His kingdom, through the church.

God calls us to think and pray and give and live with a global perspective and to act , impacting lives right around us locally, for the advancement of His kingdom. It involves the lifestyle of prioritizing God’s mission to “ make disciples of all nations ”. As David Bryant wrote in his book ‘In the Gap’: “World Christians are day-to-day disciples for whom Christ’s global cause becomes the integrating, overriding priority for all that He is for them, in them and through them.”

God invites us to His global action, with ample opportunities around us. How would we respond? Perhaps visiting a Refugee Centre could be a good start. Recently, our Sunday School Deaconess together with two teachers visited a Myanmarese refugee learning centre to present Easter Gift Packs, lovingly and thoughtfully prepared by our Sunday School children. A few of our Young Adults also delivered used/refurbished computers (donated by Sunday Care Group) as well as brand new computers assembled by the Young Adults themselves, to two refugee learning centres (primary level). There are also unmet needs for computers (preferable laptops) for another refugee secondary school.

Apart from donating resources, there are also opportunities to volunteer as teachers at the learning centres, both for school curriculum as well as Sunday School lessons.

Visiting an Afghan refugee community nearby is also another opening for us to be engaged with an unreached people. They run a sewing centre as a means of livelihood for their community. They welcome donations of fabric such as used curtains/bedsheets, as well as used clothes. Again, apart from contributing materially, doors are opened for volunteers to teach them conversational Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin, to help them get around their daily interactions with locals.

Possibilities also abound for reaching out to university students. How about inviting an international student for lunch or dinner, to begin with? Or your family may wish to consider fostering a foreign student during his/her studies here.

Do feelings stir inside you that suggest you might contribute to a better life for others? What do you think stands in the way of our being a community of compassion?

Let’s live the Life, Thinking Globally and Acting Locally.

PRAYER:
Dear God, as You open our eyes to Your purposes globally, help us, Lord to do Your kingdom work locally. As each of us offers our ‘five loaves and two fish’, may You multiply them to bless the sojourners in our midst. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

每日灵粮
星期一,2021年4月26日
标题:思考全球化,行动本地化
讲员:翁辉赐弟兄
翻译:郑振隆弟兄

马可福音16:15; 路加福音24:47;马太福音28:19

“思考全球化,行动本地化” 这句话据称是大卫•布鲁克(David Brower)(一位著名的环保主义者)所创造,作为他于1971年创立的组织 “地球之友” 的口号。然而,“思考全球化,行动本地化” 的概念已归因于苏格兰城市规划师和社会活动主义者帕特里克·加德斯(Patrick Gaddes),他在1915年的著作《进化中的城市》中提出了这个想法。

对于环保主义者和活动主义者而言,这座右铭促使人们考虑整个地球的福祉,并在自己的社区和城市采取行动。早在各国政府开始执行环境保护法之前,个人和非政府组织过去迄今仍在共同努力保护自然生态。

身为基督徒,我们应该尽自己的一份力量,把 “受造世界的关爱” 作为 “受造世界的托管” 的一部分,这是上帝在创造人类时所赋予的(创世记1:28)。

对于今天的教会,这种全球化思维和本地化行动的理念也适用于上帝的使命。
【可16:15】“你们往 普天下去,传福音给万民听。
【路24:47】“…并且人要奉他的名传悔改、赦罪的道,从耶路撒冷起直传到 万邦。 ”

遵从基督向世界宣讲福音的号召,可以从我们的 “耶路撒冷” 开始,也就是我们现在所处的位置,在我们的社区、我们的城市,在我们的国家。

上面的 “万邦“(nations) 一词与马太福音28:19中所用的词是一样的,“所以,你们要 去,使 万民(nations)作我的门徒…”。

同样的词根是希腊语 “ethne” (“ethnic” 由 “ethne“ 派生而来),意思是 “人民群体”,而不是国家或主权国家。希腊语动词 “去”(go) 在这里隐含着 “当你去时” 的意思,意味着无论您走到哪里,不一定跨越国界。

在21世纪的全球化和移民现象中,接触寄居在我们国土上的种族群体是教会服从基督大使命 “使万民作门徒” 的关键策略。基督徒不再务必到另一个国家去与未得之民接触,因为未得之民已经抵达我们的国家。今天,全球福音派教会的绝大多数人都住在离那些从未听过福音的人群附近。正如人们常说的,万民就在我们的家门口或我们的后院。

“思考全球化,行动本地化” 的口号,对于那些渴望成长为 “普世基督徒”, 被上帝的全球旨意所吸引的人来说是真实正确的。上帝正在使用世界各地的流动,通过教会把我们当中失丧的人带进祂的国度。

上帝呼召我们以全球视角去 思考、祈祷、施予和生活,并采取 行动,影响我们本地周遭人的生活,以扩展祂的国度。它涉及优先考虑上帝的使命 “使万民作门徒” 的生活方式。如大卫·布莱恩特(David Bryant)在他的《差距》(In The Gap)一书中写道:“普世基督徒是每日的门徒,基督的全球事业成为祂对他们、在他们心中和通过他们的一切的整合和超越一切的优先事项。”

上帝邀请我们参与祂的全球行动,在我们周围有很多机会。我们会如何回应?也许参观难民中心会是一个好的开始。最近,我们的主日学女执事和两位老师探访了缅甸难民学习中心,赠送由我们主日学的孩子们精心准备的复活节礼盒。我们的一些年轻人还向两个难民学习中心(小学)递送了二手/翻新的电脑(由主日关爱小组捐赠),以及由年轻人自己组装的全新电脑;另一所难民中学也需要电脑(最好是笔记本电脑)。

除了捐赠资源外,我们亦有机会在学习中心担任学校课程以及主日学课程的义务教师。

探访附近的一所阿富汗难民社区也是我们与未得之民接触的另一个机会。他们经营一个缝纫中心,以此作为他们社区的谋生方法。他们欢迎捐赠旧窗帘/床单等布料,以及旧衣服之类。同样地,除了提供物资之外,也欢迎义工教导他们会话马来语和普通话,以帮助他们能与本地人有日常互动。

接触大学生的可能性也很大。以邀请国际学生享用午餐或晚餐为开始,怎么样 ?或者您的家庭可能会考虑代养一名在这里学习的外国学生。

您内心有没有感觉到您可能会为他人有更好的生活作出贡献?您认为是什么阻碍了我们成为一个富有同情心的社区?

让我们活出生命,思考全球化,行动本地化。

祈祷:
亲爱的上帝,当祢开启我们的眼睛来关注祢对全球的旨意时,求祢帮助我们,主,在本地展开祢国度的事工。当每个人都献上我们的 ‘五饼二鱼’ 的时候,愿祢使它们倍增,赐福与我们中间的寄居者。奉耶稣的名,阿们。