Managing Monday with Abraham Kuyper – take 2

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

This is the second and final post on Abraham Kuyper. To refresh you memory on who Kuyper is, here is the introductory paragraph from the previous post, with a fresh set of quotes then added…

The relationship between Christianity and politics is vexed, and for many (regardless if they know it or not) has been shaped by the thinking of Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) who served as the 20th Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1901-1905. A journalist, neo-Calvinist theologian and statesman, his political and theological views continue to be influential, especially in Reformed circles, and his thinking has impacted the views of Francis Schaeffer, Cornelius van Til, Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Chuck Colson and Tim Keller – to name a few. Sadly his influence can also been seen in the rise of Christian Nationalism in South Africa, which in turn led to the Apartheid idealogy- a reminder that things do not always turn out just as we might imagine.

  • There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry MINE – Abraham Kuyper
  • Whatever man may stand, whatever he may do, whatever he may apply his hand – in agriculture, in commerce, and in industry, or his mind, in the world of art, and science – he is, whatsoever it may be, constantly standing before the face of God. He is employed in the service of his God. He has strictly to obey his God. And above all, he has to aim at the glory of his God – Abraham Kuyper
  • The holy art of “giving for Jesus’ sake” ought to be much more strongly developed among us Christians. Never forget that all state relief is a blot on the honour of your saviour. The fact that the government needs a safety net to catch those who slip between the cracks of our economic system is evidence that I have failed to do God’s work. The government cannot take the place of Christian charity. A loving embrace isn’t given with food stamps. The care of a community isn’t provided with government housing. The face of our Creator can’t be seen on a welfare voucher. What the poor need is not another government programme; what they need is for Christians like me to honour our saviour – Abraham Kuyper
  • More and more people imagine that Christ exists for our sake, while the much richer notion of our existing for the sake of Christ does not arise – Abraham Kuyper

As always, nice chatting…

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing another great post.
    Could someone help me better understand the second part of Bullet Point 4.
    Is Kuiper saying that he believes that we exist for the sake of Jesus to be or exist?

    • I think he is challenging the notion that it has to be about us (what God will do for me), and that we should rather think about our contribution to God’s mission in the world, where I am called not to live for myself, but for the sake of God’s glory. So the first part of the Lord’s prayer begins Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. In other words, my first request is that God will be viewed as being great, not me…

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