Over the summer holidays I’ve been reflecting on this question. If I had to sum up EVERYTHING I have written over the years, what would I say? Is there a central point to it all? I have concluded that, yes there is, and it is this: it’s about exploring ways of being in the World but not of the World (John 17:15-19) Or, to put it a slightly different way, of living in ways that are culturally engaged yet Christ centred.
As the cultural streams I connect with most deeply tend to view truth mystically, beauty visually and goodness non-violently, I have tended to focus my Christological reflections on these areas. But the central point – the call to be in the World but not of the World – has far broader implications I think. It has implications for whoever we are, wherever we are, and however we live our lives.
I think it needs discussion because, well, Christendom has trained Christians to artificially divide space and time into the sacred and the secular, leaving us with a domestcated, privatized spirituality that lacks the world-shacking wildness of the authentic gospel. That is what I am seeking to delve deeper into, for myself and others, to the glory of the living God.