Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–March 4

I often hear people say they want to have complete reliance on God for everything. For me, this seems ridiculous and potentially irresponsible. It doesn’t look like God wants us to be so totally reliant on God that we don’t rely on ourselves at all. I see the double axis of creation and salvation bringing two perspectives into play here.

1) God in creation calls us to “care for” the planet on God’s behalf – take responsibility.

2) God in salvation invites us to recognize our “inability to save” ourselves – accept being reliant.

Then we spend the rest of our lives living the tension of creation care and salvific reliance. Responsibility and dependence flow out through us into the world where totalities, even with God as their referent, are not real options.