Monday, May 28, 2007

21st Century Evangelicalism: Christianity or Deism or Gnosticism?

It is surprising to me the number of sincere and devout Christians that I have met who think very little about the arts. Many Christians have bought into a kind of post-enlightenment gnosticism that views the material world as evil or at best second rate. We have allowed certain explicitly spiritual activities, such as prayer or evangelism, to be elevated to the pinnacle of Christian discipleship. However, Christ's Lordship over all things will not allow us to simply remove ourselves from the material world and focus in on only those activities which are explicitly spiritual. In fact if we only focus in on those activities that are explicitly spiritual we are living more as Deists than as Christians. For the Christian all of life is to be viewed from a God-centered lens. The implications of Christ's Lordship over all things for our discipleship are numerous and I hope to address a couple of these in future posts. For now I leave you with the following quote from Francis Schaeffer:

"As evangelical Christians, we have tended to relegate art to the very fringe of life. The rest of human life we feel is more important. Despite our constant talk about the Lordship of Christ, we have narrowed its scope to a very small area of reality. We have misunderstood the concept of the Lordship of Christ over the whole of man and the whole of the universe and have not taken to us the riches that the Bible gives us for ourselves, for our lives, and for our culture."

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