Do We Have Two Lenses; The Sacred And The Secular?

I am a Christian and it’s not just a belief/faith, it is my identity—my whole self.

I hear some Christians talk as if there is a secular/sacred divide. For instance, I go to church and I do these things in my sacred life and than my work and play is over here in this secular corner. Even more concerning is Christians whose worldview is separated from God’s Word. For example, those that say politics, culture and what’s going on in the world is in my secular corner and should not mix with my sacred life.

How does this make any logical sense? This idea may be the main reason Christians are ineffective in their influence in the world.

Yes it is true, we are Christians living in the world not of the world but that doesn’t mean that our view of the world is to be seen through a different lens.

C.S. Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it, I see everything else.”

Our identity in Christ will shape our worldview. It is through this identity that we can discern and see everything else. A Biblical worldview makes everything else come together.

It would make no sense that the creator of the universe would have us view the world through different lenses. The Bible(God’s breathed Word) is our guide.

The closer we align ourselves with God’s Word the more His Word is living through us, in our beliefs, thoughts, actions and motivations across our entire lives. It will help me to discern in all areas the Truth from the false.

When we stray from keeping His Word as the central lens then this is where we will easily be led astray from His Truth.

If you are finding contradictions, and holes in your worldview, don’t let it go and pass that off as, “oh that must go in the secular corner.” Do the work. Wrestle. Let the Light of God’s Word shine His Truth on it.

5 Replies to “Do We Have Two Lenses; The Sacred And The Secular?”

  1. I’m afraid we do have two lenses. Over two decades ago when I surrendered to the call to ministry, I encountered more who called themselves Christians who adopted a biblical worldview than now. This has presented a greater challenge to minister than before. Furthermore, COVID-19 has shed light on who is committed and who is casual in their faith. We who see through the lens of Scripture must take a stronger stand than before. There is much at stake.

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  2. AMEN. I have long been trying to explain to people how politics, life, crime, marketing, entertainment……and….
    God are intrinsically connected. Politics affects every aspect of our lives even when we choose to ignore it…perhaps even more when we do.

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