Why Do We Exist?
Mark Guest4 years ago
May I ask you a question? “If there is no difference between what we do at home, work, or when we are in the community, then why do we call ourselves a Christian?” The truth of this statement is jolting. What makes a person distinctively “Christian”?
Interpreting all of life through the lens of Biblical Truth is the focus of Christian life! Biblical Integration involves regenerated Christian minds, uniting the fragments of truth scattered by the fall (Colossians 1:19–21). In a word, biblical integration means “wholeness / completeness.”
God’s world, twisted by human sin, is in need of renewal through Christ’s work on the cross (Romans 8:18–22). It is incumbent on the Christian to illuminate error, by the searchlight of Scripture (1 John 4:1), all the while capturing the truth in every activity (Ephesians 5:8–14).
Everything we do, from the A to Z, should reflect “Christianity.” In all things, we should learn to bring “every thought captive to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:3–5).
For example: Biblical integration discovers truth already there (Proverbs 25:2; cf. 1 Kings 4:29–34). God’s natural world awaits Christian examination from the vantage point of divine revelation. The psalmist indicates that the same “word” that activates the natural world also interprets it (Psalm 147:15–20). So, when we hear or read an article about the universe, we can boldly declare that all principles in nature and in science find their origin, function, and governance in “Genesis law” (the beginning of all authorities).
We must learn to adjust our thinking and activities so that Biblical Truth forms the foundation and framework of every activity, attitude, decision, discussion, or lesson learned in life. Examples for this abound all around us. “Taking a Break or a Breather” should be related to the work/rest pattern God established at creation (Genesis 2:2; Proverbs 24:27). Managers and administrators should manage from the bottom up, as servants to the employees (1 Peter 5:1–3). Standards are possible because of the correctness of God’s justice (Isaiah 59:1–15). This is all part of Biblical Integration.
So what makes you or me distinctively Christian? Why do we even exist? Biblical Integration provides “the sole distinctive” and answer.
As we reflect a Christian worldview in our daily lives (Matthew 5:16), we are reflecting God to the one next to us, so that maybe they also will begin to think “Christianly” in all of life and in all we do.
May we all be the example that God has positioned us to be.