Saturday, November 21, 2015

A World View

Isolationism is as archaic as a manual typewriter. Do you remember the days before word processors? The days of IBM Select Electric and Liquid Paper? In those days, long before the Internet, our concept of the world was shaped by books, news, and third person descriptions. That is not the world we live in today.

Our desire to value individuals, regardless of socioeconomic status or cultural distinctiveness, drives us to eliminate parity and promote equity. We seem to have been sensitized to the value of diversity. This is a good thing. In the "knowledge age" we are only as strong as we are able to synthesize the multiplicity of individual perspectives.

Superficially, it's easy to assert the notion that all religions are correct. An idea that there is a common thread throughout out spiritual belief systems. Unfortunately, if they are all true - then none of them are true. Universalism attempts to claim that religions are all true because they are all man-made.

What then, is an acceptable world view? That there is ONE God who desires to have a personal relationship with mankind. The reason for that relationship is to experience a fullness and completeness of purpose. All spiritualistic philosophies simply guide their adherents to a state of tranquility or toward the promise of a decadent after-life.

As believers we are given the call/challenge to go to the far reaches of the earth, making disciples of men and women, baptizing them, and teaching them to follow God's commandments (Matthew 28:18-20). This means that we have to be engaged, connected, involved in the lives of one another. It's true that relationships are messy - ups and downs, potholes, and obstacles - that make it challenging to grow together.

When we eat, read and pray together week after week, we forge a bond that will last a lifetime. Are you up to the challenge?

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