Sometimes Christians are accused of being so heavenly-minded that they are of little earthly use.
Many Christians dream of a place far away on another plane and another universe. This is the approach of “Left behind” theology which confuses the Kingdom of Heaven with a place far away from earth where we spend eternity. The atheist writer Sam Harris asks a relevant question when he enquires: “Can people who believe in the imminent end of the world really be expected to work toward building a durable civilization?”
The Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” Tikkun Olam means “repairing the world.” This Jewish idea is at the heart of the biblical message and it will transform the way we understand the Kingdom of God.
John Atkinson looks at this rabbinic concept and shows how God wants us to partner with him in bringing healing to a broken society.
Edith Sher asserts that the healing of relationships must begin within the family, and illustrates this claim by looking at the story of Joseph and his brothers.