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知名的舊約及宣教神學學者韋特博士（Dr. Christopher Wright）在他的著作 The Mission of God's People（神子民的使命）中，帶領我們從另一角度去思想「揀選」的問題。在舊約創世記中，上帝揀選了亞伯拉罕、及至一個民族（就是以色列人），並不是因為他們有特別的優點，也不單單因為要他們享受上帝的祝福。他們反而肩負著一個重要的使命，就是要使萬國得福，並認識耶和華：「……我必使你成為大國，賜福給你……地上的萬族，都必因你得福。」（創十二 1-3，新譯本）
今日上帝揀選和拯救某些人，是要那些被拯救的人成為福音的媒介，讓其他人也有機會認識這好消息。換句話說，上帝揀選一些人，並不是要拒絕其他人。就好像一批因山泥傾瀉被困在山洞裡的人，他們設法合力幫助其中一人從狹窄的出口逃出去，不是單單要使那人得拯救，更是要讓他走出困境之後，向外求救，以致其他人也得著拯救。韋特博士說：「上帝的揀選」需要從宣教神學的角度來看。若我們說我們是被上帝揀選的一群，得享上帝的救贖之恩，我們就應投入上帝拯救萬族萬民的計劃，好讓其他人同樣得享這救恩之福。加拉太書三 14 如此說：「這樣，亞伯拉罕所蒙的福，就在耶穌基督裡臨到外族人，使我們因著信，可以領受所應許的聖靈。」哥林多後書五 18-20 也說：「……他藉著基督使我們與他自己和好，並且把這和好的職分賜給我們……我們就是基督的使者，神藉著我們勸告世人……」
Mission Starts from Being Chosen
Rev Sylvia Kwok
Debate over the theological question of election and predestination is one that has gone on for centuries without a definite conclusion. Some believers may think that God has been unfair in choosing and saving certain people and not the others. What criteria does God adopt in His choosing?
In the book The Mission of God's People, renowned Old Testament scholar and missiologist Dr Christopher Wright throws light on the question of election from a different angle. We learn in Genesis that God chose Abraham and the people of Israel. They were chosen not because of some particular merits that they have, nor was it just to enable them to enjoy His blessings. These people were given an important mission, which is to bless the nations and let them know the Lord: "… I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you… and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you" (Genesis 12:1-3).
Today, God chooses certain people so they become messengers of the gospel through which others will have a chance to share in the good news. In other words, God does not choose certain people in order to reject others. It is just like a group of people trapped inside a cave in a landslip. They push one of them through a crevice to escape outside so he can summon help and everybody will be saved. Dr Wright opined that the concept of being chosen should be approached from the perspective of missional theology. If we say that we are chosen by God and redeemed, then we should commit to God's plan for saving the nations so others will also benefit from salvation. Galatians 3:14 says: "He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit." It is also said in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 that "All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation… And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…"
Mission is not just one of the ministries of the church. It is not optional. It is not something that needs more attention when we have time. From the moment we are saved, we are given the mandate to make disciples of all nations. It is our mission. The coming week will see the pinnacle of this year's Mission Month, which is the Mission Conference and Mission Sunday. I understand that brothers and sisters may find yourselves emotionally and physically drained due to the social movement over the past three months or so and may feel too tired to pay attention to church ministries. But I sincerely hope that in all the turbulence, you can still attend the conference and Sunday worship with a caring heart. I hope that with the help of God, you can respond to His Great Commission for all of us!