A fundamental reality for all human beings is that we can only do so much in a 24-hour, 7-day week. There are only so many hours available for life.
This reality in essence means that everyone…without exception…must make choices. We cannot simultaneously work in three different careers, become proficient in five different sports, lead an active social life with friends and family, carve out time to read all of the books we want to read in several genres, live in the city, and at the same time enjoy country life in the great outdoors.
Time and space constraints place practical limitations on each of us. We cannot be in two or three places at the same time.
One of the instructive biblical facts-of-life is that as Abraham first walks from the city of Haran to Canaan…leaving behind the normative life he would have lived in Haran according to all of the social and cultural opportunities that society could afford him…God is actually displacing this normative agenda with a new and innovative life-script previously unknown to mankind…a God-composed journey of faith.
Note here that both lives could not be lived simultaneously…impossible in terms of geographical distance…and too large in scope to fit within only one measure of time. The old life in Haran had to go in order to make room for the new life to actualize in Canaan.
We see this same pattern for Joseph’s life in Potiphar’s house, Pharaoh’s prison, and as governor of Egypt. Again, this pattern repeats itself for David’s perilous life as King Saul pursues David to take his life.
In fact, we see this pattern in every called-out person engaged in a biblical-quality adventure of faith…God displacing whatever normative life these people would have lived…with a God-composed life-script they never would or could have dreamed up in their wildest imagination.
In a blog on Christian politics…this can and should tell us something about the relative value God places on what is important in our lives…when choices must be made to include some things and cut-out others…when for practical reasons alone…space and time are limited.
God-composed journeys of faith as recorded in the Bible prioritize for us what is eternally important in life…in a way that is not discoverable within the humanism of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking (1 Cor. 2:6-12; Jn. 16:13; Gal. 2:20).
So the most basic, fundamental question is…when God has to make a choice within the limitations of time and space that He Himself alone created…do the God-composed journey of faith life-scripts as recorded in the Bible…focus on concentrating our time and energy on political, social, and cultural reform within the secular realm…or are journeys of faith following God something that transcends the horizontally applicable daily concerns of local and international business trade, economic stability, and peace among nations (Mt. 6:25-34, 7:7-11)?
To be continued in the next post.