Have you set some life goals for 2019 yet? Maybe your goals involve eating less or exercising more. Maybe you want to read more books. Perhaps you aim to floss your teeth more often than the day before a dentist appointment. (I kid.)
But as you’ve planned for 2019 and made your annual resolutions, you may have overlooked one critical problem — a problem that, if remedied, could drastically impact your life.
It’s the sacred-secular divide.
Tracing the Sacred-Secular Divide
From an early age, we learn to place our faith in a box. We may pull it out on Sundays, but we neatly return it to its hidden place the rest of the week. As a result, for most of us, faith has little to do with our day-to-day lives.
We may claim to be Christians on Sunday, but the rest of the week we live, work and play as if God did not exist.
Most of us feel perfectly comfortable with this sacred-secular divide. It seems natural to us to segment and compartmentalize our lives in this way. But there’s one big problem with this way of living, as Abraham Kuyper explains:
There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!
Jesus is sovereign over everything, not just the churchy parts. The gospel is just as true on Monday as Sunday. And if we want to honor God, we must submit our whole lives to him.
As a result, we can’t keep our faith in a box. Faith deserves to be reunited with Monday to Saturday. Faith should have everything to do with our day-to-day lives. We should live, work and play for God’s glory.
Jesus is sovereign over everything, not just the churchy parts.
How to Bridge the Sacred-Secular Divide
How can you make faith impact the rest of your life? Practically speaking, what does it look like for faith to intersect with “secular” categories like culture, work, economics or science?
At Intersect and the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, we want to partner with you to help you answer these questions. We strive to give you thoughtful commentary and helpful resources that help you reconnect faith with your work, your wallet and your world — so you can bridge the sacred-secular divide.
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No matter where you live or what you do, you will face the sacred-secular divide. Will you join us in reconnecting faith with the rest of your life?
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