One of the myriad reasons it’s important to believe in a Trinitarian Creator is the fact that the pattern of the universe begins to take form rather than fall apart on the grounds of subjectivity (i.e. – Evolution, Platonism, Gnosticism). Moreover, when a Trinitarian Creator gives his laws we can trust that these laws do not run against the way He has made the universe to operate but with the grain of the Universe. It is this sentiment that James K.A. Smith captures so well in his book Desiring the Kingdom. In the fifth chapter of the book Smith works his way through the liturgical practices of the church to show the many different ways in which they form a peculiar people.
One of the things I love about my church is the corporate emphasis of our liturgy. Week in and week out the congregation stands together to sing, pray, & confess our united faith. One of the perceived downfalls of many “electric” churches is the inability of the congregants to hear one another sing, pray, or confess. Usually the lights are turned down low so it is difficult to see the Body of Christ and the speakers are turned up high so it is near impossible to hear the Body of Christ. This creates an environment where the individual (and their feelings) are held in higher esteem than the objective reality (salvation) that the Body experiences in the worship gathering.
Christians, more than ever, seem to be obsessed with the concept of “worldview.” Yet, ironically, we have subjected the very concept of “worldview” to the same sort of scrutiny that we claim to be applying to everything else when we talk about “worldview.” Here’s a short thought from Peter Leithart that should give you a little pause:
Christians have good reason to distrust any approach to life and history that assumes the primacy of ideas [worldview thinking]. For Christians…”truth” is not found in a system of ideas, but in a Person, Jesus Christ. Our calling is not to develop a complete perspective on the world, but to follow Jesus. To be sure, being a disciple involves loving Jesus with our whole minds, and seeking to conform our minds to the Word of God. But it also involves conforming our hands, feet, hearts, back, arms, legs, and ears to the Word of God, not to mention our relationships with the world and with others.
This is a short taste from an article in which Letihart dismantles the “worldviewcentric” approach that seems to have thoroughly invaded the church! Read it here.
Food for thought!
Yesterday morning Caroline & I read Ephesians 4 as a part of our family worship. We finished reading the book of Acts a couple of weeks ago and decided that we would next read through the shorter letters of Paul a chapter at a time (starting at Galatians and reading through the Pastoral Epistles). As we were reading through Ephesians 4 I noticed that Paul described the church’s growth in terms of “maturation”. Here’s what he says:
As I was skimming through my Twitter feed yesterday I noticed a post from Relevant Magazine that looked as though it was a bash on turning non-Christian friends into “Religious Projects”. I didn’t read the article because (to be honest) Relevant Magazine is about the least relevant thing to me (not sure why I still follow them?). Anyway, the title got me thinking a bit about why there is even a discussion about turning people into “Conversion Projects”.