Sunday, July 30, 2006

whole life? muddy or serene...





i am working on a paper on spiritual formation and i keep coming back to the question of whole life. what does it look like to live a life focused holy on Christ? we have inherited such an anemic view of life and faith. the meat of christian faith has been bleed and stripped through a lens of greek philosophy. the division between spirit and body has completely invaded all aspects of life. we are constantly classifying and sectioning off our lives. i saw clerks II this weekend, while like most kevin smith films it has references to dirty sex and other things that may offend, there is the gospel working through this film. there is the call of love and friendship, challenging and wooing one of the characters to be the man he was created to be. so often we seek to separate the muck of life from spirituality not realizing that it is in the midst of our shit that God is present and speaking. today my pastor john questioned why all our pictures of "spirituality" based on a google image search, were of peaceful and serene setting which is not what the bible speaks of. the God of the bible is present in the dirtiest places this is the God who created and redeems coming down and humbling God's self to enter into the creation. a God who gets her hands dirty. i was imaging a mother cleaning up the much of a child who is completely soiled, she cleans them with tenderness and care. when can we begin to live in to the mess that creation and redemption requires?

1 comment:

Emily said...

googling images of spirituality. . that's a funny phrase to me, seriously, i don't know why. like searching for God on the internet, which. . based on the theme of this post, isn't a far stretch. it is true, what you've said. . we label and classify God just like we label people. . it makes me think of the parable of the talents where the guy who hid his talent said, " i knew you were a hard man. . ." and the king said, " oh, so you KNEW i was a hard man. . " it's like he's saying, how dare you presume to know who I AM .. . God came incarnately to the world. .who could have predicted that. .