I have always been somewhat of a student of human nature. I love to watch people and figure out what their “story” is. I enjoy observing culture and, as a result, I notice the inconsistencies we all exhibit from time to time. Because of this “hobby” I have to be very careful not to allow myself to occupy the position of judge because, as I am sure you are aware, it is easier to see the speck of dust in someone else’s eye than it is to see the 2×4 in our own (Matthew 7:3-5).
One of the interesting observations I have noticed, however, about those of us who are a part of this community of faith we call the church, is our adamant, and sometimes un-Christlike, adherence to dogmas of faith that we don’t really live out in the day-to-day expression of our faith.
Case in point: Intelligent Design (i.e., Creationism).
Most of us in the community of faith are like my son who when asked in an eighth grade science class if he knew what the Big Bang Theory was responded, “God said it and, bang, it was there!” (I was actually kind of proud of him when he came home and told that story.) We believe just what Genesis 1:1 declares: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
So where is the inconsistency I mentioned earlier? Well, the same Bible that tells us that God created the cosmos also states unequivocally that, “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Are you living your life with that kind of intentionality? Do you believe that God has designed you for more than getting an education, getting married, getting a job and then retiring and spending your golden years tending your garden? Do you believe that the same God who created the universe with such precision has created you precisely the same way, with a Kingdom role to fulfill? More importantly than believing it, are you living your life in Jesus’ name – doing what he would do? (Remember, it was Jesus who said, “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me.” John 4:34) Are you purposefully doing the “good works” you were created for?