For me, this cartoon summarizes the feeling one experiences after one has been introduced to the Christian Worldview concept.
When we become aware that Christ is interested in every area of our life, and therefore that it is important to make him Lord over every aspect of our life, we are freed from a mould that was never meant for us in the first place.
When we find that God created us to enjoy good art, music and (dare we mention it!) dancing, those of us who enjoy it come out into the open.
When we are set free from 'religious activity' to serve God in the area that he has called us to be active for him, we no longer feel huge guilt because we are not involved in serving in the church choir when they need singers so badly (even though we sing like a frog), or because we did not attend the second service on Sunday because our teenage daughter needed to talk about an important issue in her life.
When we realise that all of life is God's domain and he is in all of it with us, deeply interested in working out his will creatively through us in whatever field he has called us to, we are freed from a rigid quiet time in which we talk at God, after which we go about our own business.
We begin to realise that God is as much interested in where we worship as he is that we brush our teeth and develop our talents. He is as interested in our church building projects as he is in our provision of sanitation facilities.
Though our exposure to Christian Worldview has a tremendously liberating effect, it often leads us through a stage of discontent. We begin to develop a nose for dualism and suddenly find it cropping up everywhere. We are possibly frustrated that our church may not see itself in need of reformation and may see us as divisive malcontents.
We are then tempted to give up going to church altogether.
If we do this, however, and if we are not spending quality time with the Lord, we are in grave danger of leaving the 'sand dunes of freedom' and settling for another sandpit - a sandpit of elitism, or materialism or another form of religious activity where the fire of Christ's love has gone out.
If you are just such a pilgrim and you are battling with anger and discontent, take heart, you are not alone. Read what others have to say and then send us your comments.
Here are some comments from others who have been there:
"God made us to love and to be loved perfectly. In our fallen world our relationships reflect our brokenness. No matter how fulfilling our lives are, we all experience the pain of being.
When we discover what a Christian worldview is, it has a very liberating effect. The temptation is to think that this will heal the ache and we swap church activity for worldview activity in order to anaesthetize the pain. Christian Worldview will not and cannot take the ache away. None of our idols will. Our lives must be rooted and anchored in a deep relationship with God, which is then manifested in our activity in these areas."
Dr John Newby:
The Church of Jesus Christ is bigger than its denominations. It is bigger than its frailties. It is precious to God. Christ shed His blood for her. Acts 20:28. Our local church is the imperfect manifestation of the body of Christ, the temple of God. 1Cor.12:12 & 13 refers to the church at Corinth. It was a church with terrible divisions, trouble and strife, immorality and disorder. Read all about it in 1 Cor.3.
The question we should ask ourselves is: "Has God given up on the local church?"
The answer is NO.
People are exhorted not to be divisive. They should return to their church and engage in a ministry in their local church to demonstrate their commitment to the body of Christ. There they can seek the fellowship of like-minded Christians for mutual encouragement but NOT to promote a divisive spirit within the church.
We have a responsibility to be involved in a congregation. We need to be taking communion and we need to be actively involved in the reformation process in our church. For doctrinal reasons, we may need to transfer to another church. We may not leave the church altogether.
Please send us your stories, so that others may be encouraged!
Ephesians 4: 1-3
"I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.