What would happen if we, as self-ascribed “Bible-believing” Christians, actually started believing the Bible when it says that God has brought all things together in heaven and on earth in Christ?
What if we listened to Einstein and gave up the “optical delusion or our separateness?”
What if we believed that there was no such separation between “sacred” and “secular?”
What if there is no “us” and “them?”
Furthermore, what if we lived as though the spiritual world and physical world are not separated at all? And what if we based our ontology on the revelation of Jesus Christ instead of Plato’s dualism?
So, again, what if we got a bigger picture of Jesus and actually believed that all things are held together in Him?
9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. (Eph.1:9-10)
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (Col. 1:16-17)
How would having the right understanding of all creation being in Christ affect advancements in physics? Biology? Medical science? Neurobiology? Technology?
What if we stopped looking at science as the enemy of faith and became the leading trailblazers of the sciences instead?
How would seeing that we’re all connected change how we treat each other? Racial issues? Poverty? War? Peace? Social justice?
What about our politics? Governments? Economics? Business? The arts? Media? Our environment?
What if we joined the human race and stopped hiding in the corner—full of fear, waiting for rescue? What if we were more like Daniel….major contributors and influencers in the world we live in?
46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him. 47 The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” 48 Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon. (Dan. 2:46-48)
What if people saw us as having incredibly creative solutions instead of always whining about what’s wrong with the world?
What if we preached more like Paul and simply pointed to God? (See Acts 17:22-31)
What if we fully engaged with all people and never thought for a moment that we had to judge them? What if we could just love them without ever believing we were condoning their sin?
Dare I say it…what if we acted more like…Jesus?
What do I mean by these provocative questions? Well…read on… 🙂
After all…we have the mind of Christ!
I believe that the revelation of Jesus Christ, and our relationship with Him via the Holy Spirit who searches the deep things of God (1 Cor.2:10-16), puts Christianity at the forefront of being able to answer all the questions that mankind faces in this uncertain and sometimes frightening world. And as soon as we move from our smallish, fear-based world, and into God’s great big world based in love, we will have a voice for great change that benefits everyone.
I believe we can be part of every sphere of our culture without succumbing to its fallen paradigm. Jesus did this and He changed the world forever. But we won’t do this as long as we live in fear and embrace the pagan dualistic version of religion that we’ve turned Christianity into in the past.
There are two questions that every person is always asking in the deepest part of their being, “Am I alone?” and “Do I matter?” Do we have an answer for that? Yes! Jesus on the Cross is the answer to that question! But why, then, do we go on telling them absurd things like they are separated from God and that His love is conditional? (See my series, “Are sinners separated from God?“)
Open your eyes…God is at work in our midst!
Beloved, we are living in the most incredible time in history! That is, if we will look beyond our small-minded theology and see what God is doing all around us. I cannot possibly emphasize this enough.
Incredibly, we are seeing advanced science beginning to discover the ancient truth found in Jesus Christ! That’s right, science is catching up to God…unfortunately, the church has lagged far behind both for centuries. But I think that’s changing.
One example is in the area of cosmology and quantum physics. While God always said everything in heaven and earth is connected from the beginning, science is starting to prove it. For this reason, I’m including the video trailer below with physicist, Nassim Haramein, where he talks about how everything in the universe is connected.
For more on this subject, here’s a 2-hour lecture by Haramein on the ideas behind the film, The Connected Universe. I encourage you to at least watch the first 10-15 minutes of this lecture. He speaks in layman’s terms (and he’s funny), so even if you’re not a quantum physics geek like me, I think you’ll find it fascinating. I personally like him because of his iconoclastic bent toward his field of endeavor. 🙂
Just a warning for my nervous Christian brothers and sisters. Nassim seems to embrace a syncretistic spirituality about religion, which I do not. My point is not that all religions point in the same direction but, rather, all things point to Christ.
With that said, watch and see an amazing God wonderfully at work in our midst!