The Hidden Christ: Taking the Gospel into the World
These letters from Blumhardt to his son-in-law, a missionary in China, turn the traditional concept of Christian mission on its head.
For Blumhardt, the gospel of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with religion. There is no need to bring Christianity to people. What they need is the good news Jesus promised–liberty for the oppressed and help for the poor.
In fact, as Blumhardt sees it, the “unchurched” and the “heathen,” and especially the oppressed, already belong to Christ, and he is at work in their hearts before we arrive. Jesus did not come to found churches, but to set in motion a movement of the Spirit that will encompass nations and lead to peace and social justice. “No longer religion against religion, but justice against sin, life against death.”