Issue number 1: the concept of zero dualisms and its effect on my life. This is obviously a big task, and I'm going to try to parse it down so you, dear reader, will read it.
Basically, the idea of having no dualisms in life is to have every part of your life be a part of faith… I think the CCO does a better job explaining than I do, in explaining our first core value All Things Belong To God:
He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
When we were identifying our core values, this is the one we decided needed to be listed first. Everything we do—how we live our lives, the way we minister to students, the way we raise our support—flows out of our fundamental belief that God created all things, created them good and will ultimately redeem his entire creation. We considered using the phrase "all of life redeemed" to articulate this, but instead chose "all things belong to God" because it's the more fundamental, scriptural truth which informs the way we live our lives. We also recognize that, as an organization, the CCO is about justice. We believe that God is about reconciling all of His good creation into proper relationship—with other parts of Creation and with God Himself. That is what justice is: putting all things, which belong to God, in their proper place.
Because of this fundamental belief about God owning everything, it follows that there can't be times when I escape from God's presence. My music, my books, my calculator, my spaghetti sauce – God's. My money – God's. The consequences I have inevitably have a mark of God on them. If I am to be as faithful as I can, I need to try to orient my life towards Jesus Christ and his teachings – after all, he's the glue holding creation together.
What this has meant in my life has really been amazing. How many of us feel that we've got a holy side, and an unholy side – the one we take to church, and the one that sleeps in. Trying to shut that gap so that who I am in church is who I am in Walker is who I am at The Plymouth is not easy, and a continuious recognition of God's unwavering grace.
This was not the entry I originally intended, but if there's anything I want you to walk away with, it's the following – trying to shut the gap between the "woulda-coulda-shoulda" and the "faithfully depending" is one of the most true ways to understand peace. If I'm exactly who I am on Sunday (where I like to think I'm my best and most faithful) and on Friday night, then I have integrity. On the same coin, I should also feel free to be the sinner and the broken person I am in church, but that's a whole 'nother bucket 'o bolts.
Something new tomorrow. And Nick Drake is amazing. He's an all seasons guy, but I think I'll really like him come the first beautiful snowfall.