Friday, March 23, 2007

My New "Connected" Worldview

So I've got a whole new worldview, now. Sounds lofty, doesn't it? In truth, it does kind of feel like a big deal. Anyway, here's how I got there... I began with this question: What is the fundamental human problem? What's the source of all the brokenness (spiritual, emotional, relational, physical, environmental, etc.) we see in our world and in our own selves? I know, some are thinking "sin" ... but why and how has sin spun our entire universe (literally everything) into the self-destructive chaos that permeates the natural order? What is the driving principle that sustains that ever-increasing entropy?

We know that in the beginning God, as a living and communal (triune) being, created all things within a life-giving web of interconnected relationships that drew their substance from Him as the Source and Sustainer. Now, if God's creation is all about life, and if life is made up of various interconnected relationships, then doesn't it seem that the lowest common denominator of the human problem is disconnection? The choice to turn from God and pursue a life of independence caused the first humans and all who would follow to lose their connection with the Source and Sustainer of life, casting all of us and the world we were charged to steward into a chaotic new reality of disconnection and death. We were disconnected from from God, from self, from others, even from the entire created order. The implication is that literally every problem we experience in life is a manifestation of that total ongoing state of disconnection. That in itself is worth writing! That the disconnection resulting from self-willed independence is the fundamental cause for all dysfunction is a profound and practical realization that's simply not being talked about!

This radical realization goes a long way in helping us better understand Christ's work of redemption. God's aim in the redemptive process is to reconcile and reconnect all things through Christ's work of atonement and the Holy Spirit's work of regeneration. But experiencing that reconnection is a progressive task, beginning with the spiritual rebirth we frequently call "salvation" and perfected through ongoing submission and participation with God's new-life reality... the reality Jesus calls "the kingdom of God". Consequently, the fullness of human life is only possible through a radical transformation of both personal identity and lifestyle. A reconnected identity and a reconnected lifestyle! That's why Paul says Christ gave us His "ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:18). Jesus calls us into partnership with Him in reconnecting all that is disconnected.

So that's it. That's my new worldview ... connection (or reconnection). When I wonder if something is profitable (1 Corinthians 6 and 10), what I'm really asking is if it leads to life-giving connection with God, self, others, and the created order. That's the kind of life I want to lead... a connected life. Wanna join me?
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3 comments:

Bill said...

Great post John! What you're saying makes much sin. The word "salvation" today can be quite confusing to the pre-Christian. They don't understand what we are trying to "save" them from. But when we apply the word "salvation" in yor framework here, it makes sense that we are offering salvation from an existence of disconnection - disconnection from God, his holiness, his goodness, and disconnection from the eternal glory that is available to us.

Thanks!

This is Bill from www.awaitingrain.typepad.com

Bill said...

Haha...that second sentence should read, "What you're saying makes much SENSE." Funny

John Lynch said...

That's awesome Bill! And while I often "make much sin" with what I say, I'm glad that this deep truth is blessding you as it is me. Life and peace in Christ, brother!