On occasion, we’ll post a few good quotes from a few good books. Here’s one from a book that I see as foundational to the discussion of the good city:
(W)e of all people have a deep history of interest in the city, rooted in our biblical tradition. … When John (the evangelist), exiled on Patmos, is given a picture of our redeemed state, he does not see Eden restored in some kind of agrarian utopia; not does he see the American ideal of a single-family detached house surrounded by a huge yard for every inhabitant of the kingdom. What he sees is a city — New Jerusalem descending from heaven onto earth.
— from “Sidewalks in the Kingdom” by Eric O. Jacobsen
It’s a great time to be a citydweller in Fort Wayne. Residents, politicians and business leaders all are waking up to the realization that the center city is something we want to not just preserve, but to see thrive.
So here is a web site we call The Good City. What’s the purpose of this? Well, that’s a seemingly simple question that we’ll actually never stop asking and answering.
But to get the conversation started, here’s one possible answer:
The Good City exists to call Christians to consider the city and to call the city to consider Christ.
What all does that encompass? It stretches from sidewalks to salvation, from living in a neighborhood to loving your neighbor.
And lots of cities, churches and civic leaders across the country are already thinking about the very issues we in Fort Wayne are considering now. We want to shine light on these conversations for the good of our city.
Will Fort Wayne become a great city? Far too few cities can achieve that stature of size and prominence.
But will Fort Wayne become a good city? If we band together, that’s a lofty goal that we may be able to achieve.