Über den Pilgerstatus und unser kulturelles Engagement

Kloosterman schreibt über Bavinck in Verbindung mit der Natürlichen Theologie und der Zwei-Reiche-Lehre (““Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms in the Thought of Herman Bavinck”):

The status of pilgrim should not be viewed … as an alternative to Christian cultural participation, but rather as the mode of Christian cultural engagement. It is precisely as pilgrims that we seek and pray for the coming of God’s kingdom already here and now. Our seeking the kingdom of God, Jesus taught, is already here and now accompanied by the gifts of eating, drinking, and clothing. If we may—indeed, must—seek God’s kingdom as we enjoy food, why not as we plant the seed and farm the ground that supplies our food? Why would we not seek God’s kingdom as we market and package and ship our food? Everything we do—all our eating, drinking, buying, selling, marrying, childrearing, educating, entertaining, burying—must be directed to the glory of God. Our orientation toward the future need not paralyze our responsible cultivating of creation in the present. The church fills the time between Christ’s ascension and Christ’s return with preaching and teaching the gospel together with all of its consequences for living in this world. Such gospel preaching and teaching necessarily, and thankfully, bears fruit also for Christian cultural activity.