Week 4: My Worldview – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

February 4, 2009

So we, the people in my worship theology course, were asked to come up with a 500 word summary of our worldview (broad, to say the least), particularly in light of the themes discussed over the last 4 weeks.  A fellow classmate, one who likely had a beautiful liturgical upbringing, pointed out that we were being asked to write our own creeds with less word count restrictions than those at Nicaea.  Here’s mine (slightly expanded):

My worldview begins with a sense that there is a created order that didn’t arise of it’s own volition but was set into motion by a specific creator. Such a sense is fueled by a) the intricate workings of creation, b) the beauties/tragedies of human relationships, c) an innate yearning for all in the world to be put to right and d) the history and cultures of the myriad generations that came before me, that raised me with an understanding that this creator exists and is God.

This God is of supreme worth in the universe. None is greater than he, none more complex, more sovereign, more perfect. This God is, by nature, a creative entity. And this God has a uniquely great and complex creation: humanity. Humans came stock with certain God-like attributes; creativity, charge over our surroundings and a capacity for relationship with oneself, with each other, with God and with our world.

Humanity, though, has neglected the source and perfection of these attributes and has acted as though we are of supreme worth. A distinction now exists between God’s perfect world and ours. God’s perfect world (or “kingdom”) is free of strife and full of vibrant communion between created beings and the creator. The world of humanity is frequently the opposite. However, there are moments of intersection between both worlds. The creator God is powerfully working to re-combine the two until they are one again.

In the act of carrying out this reunion, God has revealed other sides of himself to us. Jesus Christ, a fully human incarnation of God, set the reunion into motion by being God on the earth, with us, one of us. This inauguration through Jesus (which had been long-awaited by the Jewish people to whom God had made himself known for centuries) was marked by his performed miracles of restoration and beauty, his teaching of God’s purposes and by his death and bodily resurrection. Jesus’ death was an immense collision of the two worlds and when the smoke cleared, he had defeated death and so established that God’s world is on the way and will not be deterred.

God, through Jesus, once again charged humans to bring wholeness to what he had created. At this point another side of God was revealed: the Spirit of God, actively working in and through us to accomplish God’s purposes in bringing about the Kingdom. With the help of the Spirit, the human role is to strive for all relationships (with God, with self, with each other, with the world/ecosystem) to be made perfect as they were created to be. And as such, the human role is to assist God in fully reuniting his world to ours. It seems a little bizarre in it’s cyclical nature (am I really suggesting that God in Spirit assists us to assist him???). But that’s actually how healthy relationships work and humans are specially created for right-relationship with God [1] .

The magnificent reunion will happen.  God’s intended Kingdom will be fully overlapped with ours.  What will this look like?  Not an Anne Geddes “heaven” where babies need no clothes.  It’s gonna be this earth, this very planet with these very people, somehow restored to the way God wants it.  I don’t know how it’s gonna happen.  But as I look over my creed, that’s the biblical theme, the end destination.  And that’s what resurrection is all about.  Jesus, a human, rose from the dead better than ever and that’s the plan for us and our world [2].  So let’s get to know God with Jesus and his Spirit and get to restoration.  Rock!

[1] this “assistance-cycle-as-divine-paradigm-for-all-relationships” was a huge lightbulb that went off for me tonight.

[2] This connection of Jesus’ resurrection to our own literal bodily and worldly resurrections has been a huge lightbulb coming to glow for me over the last 3 weeks.  It’s also kind of making me think about trying to be a real environmentalist, which is kind of weird.

For: The Institute of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Theology Course with Dan Wilt


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