The Sacred and Secular

The book I am most excited to read this year is “Culture” by A.W. Tozer. In the first chapter Tozer discuss the struggle between the sacred and the secular. We live in a divided world. We live as divided people. We live as divided individuals. But does it have to be this way?

In modern christianity we walk on a tight rope balancing between sacred and secular. We act as if we cannot mix our “church” life with our “worldly” life. But what is a “church” life and what is a “worldly” life? For the Christian there should be no difference.

When we are born again these two worlds merge into one. This is what it means to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth.

Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “ So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” These things Paul list are meant to allude to everything. We must do EVERYTHING to God’s glory. When we live life this way the divide between sacred and secular begins to close.

When we do all to the glory of God, what becomes secular? Those things that are not done to Gods glory.

This is another issue in our Churches: We love doing things that are not glorying to God. We take the bible lightly in this manner. We read “do all to the glory of God” and our response is, “Well…. not everything” 

So the divide in life becomes glorifying God or curing him, turning from sin or indulging in it, being a citizen of heaven or a stranger to it. We must choose to glorify God with our actions. Working, eating, drinking, going to the bathroom, reading (any literature), watching movies, talking with friends, driving, walking, petting your dog, these all CAN  be done to the glory of God.

The call of scripture is to live in the Sacred and abandon the secular.

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