Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


The Story of God

I am thankful to Pastor Rick Barger whose book A New and Right Spirit, I recently quoted, for dropping in to comment at the blog. I asked him to assist me in answering a question as to what he meant in the earlier quote and he was gracious enough to do so. Here is another thought of his from the same book about the tension between the worldview of Christianity and that of the rest of the world:
The world organizes itself around the story of unresolved human conflict, power struggles, greed and violence. The church organizes itself around the story of God, who comes to dwell with us, beginning as a defenseless baby, declaring peace and amnesty; being crucified, raised from the dead, and available and accessible to the church as the Living One. The distinction between the stories is the question of whether sin and death hold the last word or whether God does. Being grasped by one story necessarily requires being in tension with the other.

Today the world's story tells our teenagers that their value comes from looks, the "right clothes," sex appeal, popularity, and accomplishments. The church's story tells them they are inherently valuable just as they are. The world's story tells us to take control of our lives and eliminate uncertainty. The church's story calls us to trust in the God who raised Jesus from the dead, and to accept that living in ambiguity is not only healthy—it is also unavoidable! The world's story tells us that personal failure is greatly to be feared. The church's story lifts up Jesus Christ crucified as the one rejected by all. The world tells us that we have only limited resources. The church's story, declaring that the is enough for all, calls us to reorder our lives so that others might live.

The church's story will always be in tension with the world's.



  • At 5/22/2008 12:58 PM, Blogger Maggie said…

    The idea that living with ambiguity is not only unavoidable, but healthy is comforting. We can reorder out lives to accept the greys of all situations, and in doing so think spiritually of our choices. Thinkging of God's will in our choices, instead of the world's, leaves peace instead of anxiety. What a blessing!


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