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二○一九年五月四日/五月五日                                                                                                 Click here for English version

生活的抉擇,反映心底的信念

周曉暉牧師

倫理,簡單來說,就是在現實中分辨美善與邪惡。有真實的信仰,就能踐行出上主所指明的美善,並拒絕向邪惡靠攏。

只是有時,人並不了解自己所抱持的信仰原則,人言人殊,結果過度狹隘地、或過度寬鬆地套用在自己或別人身上。亦有些時候,人自以為已持守信仰的立場,但現實生活中的抉擇,卻默默地替自己宣示了截然不同的價值取向。

基督教神學家歐多納凡(Oliver O'Donovan)曾經這樣說:「基督教倫理的基礎必須是福音信仰,建構自耶穌基督的福音,否則就不能被稱為『基督教倫理』。然而,不少基督徒的倫理信念並非這樣:他們可以是重視倫理的基督徒,但他們的倫理觀點卻不是『基督教倫理』,因為他們把自己的倫理信念與基督信仰分割開來。」

現實中難分真與假,世事也不是非黑即白。當世界與社會越趨複雜,我們要面對世界、社會、政治、經濟、工作、人際等生活抉擇,要作合宜的判斷,絕非易事。此際,或會尋問:「該做甚麼?」或「如此是否可行?」

耶穌基督在地上的日子,逆轉了世俗許多的做法與觀點。祂一方面服事社會邊緣的人,接納公認的罪人,和重視備受忽視的婦孺;另一方面,祂警惕社會的既得利益者,責備自以為義的人,拆除種族文化的藩籬,和戳破習非成是的傳統。然而,耶穌的福音並不旨在掀起社會的變革。準確點說,福音是遠超過一場革命,福音乃是逆轉人的生命,超越當下習非成是的價值觀。

耶穌基督並非拋出一套更高的標準,單單要求我們做或不准做些甚麼。祂卻是使人先得著福音逆轉生命的能力,以至面對生活中的抉擇,就有了自由去活現信仰,既不會一面事奉神,一面唯利是圖;又不會一面口講高舉聖經真理,一面全心服膺主流意識形態;更不會一面尊基督為主,一面對地上權勢唯命是從。

倫理就是信仰的踐行。生活的抉擇,確實地反映我們心底擁抱的信念,流露出我們對上主真正的態度。

在這真假混淆、拒絕真理、爭端四起的世代,但願我們都回歸福音的根基,謙卑地接受神的恩典和憐憫。一邊實踐,一邊修正,在屢敗屢試中學習。我們也要承認自己的無力,倚靠聖靈更新的能力,勇敢地作出符合信仰的抉擇。






Pastor's Sharing
Our Everyday Choices Reflect Our Beliefs
Rev Arnold Chow

Simply speaking, ethics is about discerning between good and evil in everyday life. Genuine faith enables man to do good according to the teachings of the Lord, and to refuse to side with evil.

Nevertheless, man sometimes fails to understand the principles of his faith. And as opinions come and go, he applies the principles to himself or to others in an unduly narrow or broad manner. There are also times when man thinks that he has stood his ground and kept his faith while in real life, his choices reflect very different values.

Christian theologian Oliver O'Donovan has said: "The foundations of Christian ethics must be evangelical foundations; or, to put it more simply, Christian ethics must arise from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Otherwise it could not be Christian ethics." However, for many Christians, this is not so. These Christians are ethical Christians whose ethics do not rely on Christ. They have segregated their ethics from the Christian faith, according to O'Donovan.

In real life, it is not easy to distinguish between true and false. Nor are matters in the world either right or wrong. As society and the world get increasingly complicated, it is not easy for us to make appropriate everyday decisions on global, social, political, economic, inter-personal issues and in the workplace. Now you may ask: "What do I do?" or "Will this work?"

When Jesus Christ lived on earth, He turned many secular practices and concepts around. On the one hand, He served people on the margins of society, accepted people commonly considered as sinners, and placed emphasis on widely neglected women and children. On the other hand, He sounded the caution to vested interest holders in society, reprimanded the self-righteous, demolished racial and cultural barriers, and rebuked incorrect traditional practices. Nevertheless, the gospel of Jesus Christ is not aimed at bringing about a social revolution. More specifically, the gospel is much more than a revolution. It is something that turns around lives, and goes beyond our popular but incorrect values.

Jesus Christ did not just put forth higher standards nor did He just ask us to do certain things and not others. What He did was to let people receive the power of the gospel to turn their lives around so that when they are faced with everyday choices, they have the freedom to live out their faith. They will not serve God on the one hand and put personal profits before everything on the other. Nor will they lift up the banner of Biblical truths but at the same time wholeheartedly submit to the mainstream ideology. Moreover, they will not call Jesus Lord while obediently following those in power on earth.

Ethics is the realization of faith. And indeed, everyday choices reflect the beliefs we cherish deep in our hearts and reveal our real attitude towards our Lord.

In these times in which true and false are confused, the truth rejected and disputes abound, may we return to the foundation of the gospel and humbly accept God's grace and mercy. As we practice our faith, let us fine-tune our practice and learn from our mistakes. We must also admit our lack of strength, and rely on the renewal power of the Holy Spirit in boldly making choices in line with our faith.