“So, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
-1 Corinthians 10:31
This will be our premise. Whatever we do, we must do to the glory of God. What does this mean? What are the implications of such a charge?
One of the biggest problems in modern Evangelicalism is the lack of a consistent, coherent worldview. People float through life thinking that nothing is connected to anything else and that very little that we do actually has consequences. Take, for example, yoga. Imagine that you, as an American Christian, were doing yoga without a thought in the world as to whether or not you should be doing so. “It’s just yoga,” you think as you contort your body in all sorts of different directions, “What’s the harm?”
In walks a young Indian man, who has grown up a committed Hindu. He now sees a Christian partaking in a Hindu practice and assumes that Christians accept Hinduism as a legitimate form of religion. Is this an extreme example? Maybe. But, it isn’t implausible, and that is my worry. In America we think too small. We think in particulars rather than systems. We think that it isn’t inconsistent to practice yoga while professing Christ because we don’t question the roots of yoga. We don’t much think about the roots of anything. That is something I intend to change. In order to be consistent Christians, we must have consistent worldviews.
We’ll be discussing four, foundational questions that determine how we view the world and its contents.
1. Where did we come from? Genesis 1:1
2. What went wrong? Genesis 3:6-7
3. How do we fix it? Romans 5:8-9
4. Where are we headed? Revelation 21:1-7
First, where did we come from? That is, how did this thing start?
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” -Genesis 1:1
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that this is a given. That this is so elementary it’s scarcely useful, but let’s examine some of the implications of this text.
1. If God created the heavens and the earth, he has a right to govern it as He sees fit.
2. God is eternal and all-powerful.
Let’s look at these implications, shall we? God, because He created the heavens and the earth, and there is nothing outside the realm of his control, is perfectly and completely sovereign in every way. You may ask, “But, what about the rapes or the murders? Surely, God cannot have control over those things, can He?” But tell me, which is a more frightful thought: that God wanted a murderer to stop, yet couldn’t make him, or that God purposed that murder to accomplish his glorious purpose, though we cannot see why?
Because we see God’s sovereignty in this way, and because of the way the Scripture is laid out before us, we know that God is eternal and all-powerful, or omnipotent. “In the beginning, God…” implies God was before the beginning. That being the case, there is nothing in creation to limit His power. God has always been God, and He was always without end or beginning. Moreover, we see that God is omnipotent in the fact that there was nothing outside of His creation. In fact, God created ex nihilo, from nothing. His power is so great that he commands things that are not to exist, and they obey!
The most important piece of the laying of a foundation for a worldview is complete. We now have our presuppostion in place. We see that all things hinge on God’s eternal power, and that our very being only exists in and through him. I leave you with this, that God’s creation is always proclaiming the Creator, to whom it belongs. Herein does the glory of God lie in answering the question “where do we come from?”, in order to have a solid worldview. We’ll discuss the second question at a later date.
Soli Deo Gloria!