Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, December 16, 2006


I was born in October, which means I am a Libra in astrological terms. The only significant feature of being a Libra that has meant anything to me, is that of the scales being the sign. It has always been a primary character trait of myself to search for and find balance in situations. I have taken this same bent into my Christian walk. My theology( personal organized interpretation of spirituality & belief in a practical life-template) is reflective of this search. This quest for balance, the resolving of theological dilemnas to satisfy the parameters of reality, the seeking to placate (seemingly) conflicting interpretations of Scriptural truth, to use emerging church rhetoric, to contextualize faith into genuine life experience, is founded in my desire to see people speaking logical, foundational Christianity into the community. "Contextualization means "weaving together", "an interweaving of the gospel with every particular situation"... The process of contextualization includes the reflection on one's own place as a person within a wider horizon." (p. 95 Doing Local Theology; Clemons Sedmark) I believe in the unity of scripture, that its placement in history is eternal, that its practicality is universal and applicable, that it is balanced, complete and explains itself without contradiction. The problem as I see comes when people propose a theory of explanation that is supported by a portion of scripture, but only represents a reasonable interpretation without thought for the consequence of distortion in belief or the alienation of believers and non-believers alike. I believe a more thoughtful approach which allows for all scriptural truth to be expressed is possible. However this is very unlikely to happen. I read a story once which told of an prominent Armenian preacher attending a Calvinist's crusade meeting, it was asked of him if he believed he would see the crusader in heaven, he replied its doubtful, the Calvinist will probably be so much closer to Jesus that he wouldn't see him for the press of the crowd. That is the kind of attitude that will be required to attain to complete and absolute unity. A humble admission that maybe I do not have the corner on absolute understanding of scriptural truth, a recognition of diversity when to condescend is a non-option.
Balance means the joining of two bodies, a yoke
the cross-beam of the loom to which the warp is attached
the thwart that joins starboard to port sides of a ship
the beam of the balance (scale) and therefore the balance itself
Balance is seen in the flight of the eagle and the hawk, as they rise up on air currents, we watch the artful display of proportion between the effects of gravity and the abilities of the skillful flier moving gracefully but consistently higher on wings constantly and minutely fluctating, catching every nuance of flow, staying in context with the currents around them.
It is interesting that balance is found with the decrease of one that the other may increase;
John 3:30' He must increase, but I must decrease.'
2 Cor. 12:9,' My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.'
1 Cor. 1:25, 'Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.;
2 Cor. 13:4,'for though He was crucified through weakness, yet He lived by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live by Him in the power of God.'

"My faith looks up to claim that touch divine
which robs me of this fatal strength of mine,
and leaves me wholly resting. lord, on thine
" Yea, make me such an one as thou canst bless,
meet for thy use, through every helplessness
thine, only thine, the glory of success."
Lucy A Bennett

1 comment:

Ron Baker said...

John, I believe very strongly in balance. My question is how one can continue to risk and yet keep balance? If risk is defined as being in the center of God's will, that provides a way of looking at it. A primary thing we must do is understand more fully what the Kingdom of God is so that our lives will be exemplary. In this case humility is actually understanding who we are in God's eyes, and then acting on that understanding.

Anyways, that's a start for a conversation over coffee one day!!