This post Too Big To Fail by Mike Metzger is packed with so many great truths that have plagued both religion and business in the same manner. Too often we view our life in a 2-Chapter gospel, “Fall” and “Redemption”; when perhaps instead we should view life the way God originally intended life to be and add two more chapters, “Creation” and Restoration” to book-end “Fall” and Redemption”. This would give us a worldview of “Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration”. When we view our lives through this lense it helps us lose the “us vs them” mentality and see all of life as holy. Even those four-letter words that seem to plague and confuse us seem much more intentional – work, play, and the arts. ALL of life is God-breathed and worthy of redemption. All is sacred; NOTHING is secular (let’s get rid of the word secular).
Work is sacred.
Play is sacred.
The arts are sacred.
Remember Paul’s words, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (colossians 3:17) I believe this verse pretty much encapsulates all of life; while we’re at work, while we’re playing and while we’re viewing the arts (literature, paintings, tv, movies, etc). I don’t think Paul gives an “out” in this verse.
…shifting gears back to the premise of Mike’s post…
One paragraph in particular from Mike’s post stood out:
“Deception leads to disaster, writes McDonald. Believing they are “too big to fail,” churches and denominations are then unable to weigh whether their time is up. “Regardless of what a branch of the universal church accomplishes or how close or far it is from Christ’s purpose, it is easy to think that God Himself will assure its continuity forever,” warns McDonald. “This is a catastrophic presumption.”
This paragraph illustrates (among other things) how we continue to make God into our image even when his word seems obviously contrary to the truths we want to believe. Sometimes we take too much liberty with Matthew 18:18 “Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Maybe it’s similar to when we’re taking or editing pictures, we put the focus on what we want people to see as the main focus.
In this picture the focal point that you can make out are the blades of grass and the light in the background shining through the trees. But there is much more in the picture that is obscured by the way the picture was taken. You can’t make out the particular types of trees, you can’t see how tall the trees are and you can’t see what else is going on. Maybe there’s a highway just to the left of the picture and an ocean to the right of the picture. This picture is giving a very narrow view of what is actually in the environment because of the way the picture is focused. Truth be told I took this picture while backpacking a few years back and the rest of the environment is amazingly beautiful – more trees, a babbling brook that provided my water, a clearing for my campsite – an amazing small encapsulation of God’s majestic creation.
So maybe when we shorten our worldview to a 2-chapter gospel we are limiting our view of the whole picture of what God has given us.
Thy will be done, ON EARTH as it is in heaven.
I’m currently reading a book called, The Evolution of God by Robert Wright and I’m very intrigued to get into the meat of the book. Tad DeLay an intelligent theologian and a good friend of mine, recommended this book because in 567 small-font pages it thoroughly describes this premise. There will be more of my own posts about “The Evolution of God” as I progress through the book, but for now enjoy Mike’s post.