Last week we looked at who we actually are, and how most of us have hardly ever actually met ourselves. Instead, we’ve met (1) who we pretend to be, (2) who others have said we are or (3) what we’ve aspired towards. We ended by embracing how – in the Gospel of Jesus Christ – God has done everything necessary for us not only to meet ourselves but also to meet all of restored creation & to live into that reality!
But where does that actually leave us as Christ’s followers? What would you say is our main role/ orientation as we respond to God’s restorative grace? The problem is well defined by Richard Rohr[i] as he describes differing worldviews from which we all seem to operate. We are usually SO immersed in what we assume that we find it difficult to notice what we believe, like a fish in water that doesn’t even know that it’s wet. Our particular worldview is not so much about what we look at, as what we look out from, or look through!
There are four categories of worldview that Rohr suggests. It’s essential we allow ourselves to embrace what attitude we will allow to define us and our faith…
The first is ‘material’. This is when we believe that everything is actually really all about the physical world, that anything unseen is really not that relevant. It seems that in an increasingly secular society, our materialist-obsession is allowed to dominate much of our thinking… As if nothing else really matters…
The second worldview is ‘spiritual’. At its best this is when we acknowledge that there’s a deep spirituality about all thing. Unfortunately, this can also be taken too far where we may start believing that because there is always this other deeper reality, the physical really doesn’t matter too much!
The third world view is ‘priestly’. We may associate this with our seeing our main role and purpose being to mediate between these two worlds of materialism and spirituality: earth and heaven! While partly helpful, this still does make us think in terms of two quite distinct realities.
And then there is the ‘incarnational’ worldview…which is what I believe Christ has most essentially restored us to know! It’s for us to know that – Emmanuel as Christ is named[ii] – God is with us EVERYWHERE! Or as the Psalmist writes in Psalm 139: ‘where should I go to be away from your presence…?’
Our Christian walk is much more about our awareness of sacredness in everything than it is about us having to do things! It’s so much more about our awakening than it is about our joining, our seeing rather than just our obeying… Because ours is an incarnational reality! And our growth is about our increasing awareness of God’s Holy Communion with all things!
Isn’t that wonderful?
(Psalm 139: 1-18,23,34; John 1:1-14)
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[i] See various blogs and latest book The Universal Christ (Convergent, 2019, Appendix 1)
[ii] Isaiah 7:14