Monday, April 1, 2013
Sacred vs. Secular?
---First published on stephen-blog.com when I used that site--- "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" I Corinthians 10:31 Recently I finished reading Christian Overman's excellent book, Assumptions That Affect Our Lives. I highly recommend it! One of the things he writes about is how many Christians separate their lives into two different categories: sacred and secular. They might divide politics, church, work, recreation, prayer, and education into something like this: Sacred: Church and prayer Secular: Politics, work, recreation, and education Dividing life into two categories, secular and sacred, was what Greeks such as Aristotle and Plato did. They also said the spiritual (sacred) was more important or better than the physical (secular). Unfortunately, many have done this. I even realized that I often think of my life in terms of sacred vs secular. So what is wrong this view? After all, how could something such as recreation be sacred? The answer is that any of the above things can be either sacred or secular. If we use recreation the way God tells us to, then it is sacred. However, if we don't use recreation the way God tells us to, then it is secular. If we are following God's way in these areas then it would look like this: Sacred: Church, prayer, politics, work, recreation, and education Secular: If we are not following God way in these areas then here is how it looks: Sacred: Secular: Church, prayer, politics, work, recreation, and education Let's follow God's great plan in ALL areas of our lives!