Well, folks, I’m going to wuss out on you. My schedule doesn’t allow me much time to ponder and interact with this week’s reading for Cindy’s book club chapters 2-3 discussion. In lieu of deep thoughts, I give you snippets.
(This quote is going in my journal. The implications are profound.)
(“But is it wise?” is a question I need to plow deep into my thoughts.)
In observing the Sabbath, man was culturally structuring time in accordance with a holy pattern. This was part of his cultural commission, along with the task of being an architect in space by tending the Garden. Space and time were thus consecrated by man’s original culture.
(I’m used to thinking about how I spend my time as a wisdom issue; the wisdom involved in structuring my space is a new twist. Hmmm.)
It is interesting to note that Scripture records an amazing amount of cultural activity in the line of Cain.
(Mentioned in Cain’s line: urban life, nomadic life, music and foundry. My thoughts spread like tendrils contemplating the ramifications.)
The experience of human culture in all its diversity is the way we enjoy being human. It is being human, not being saved–it is the image of God in us, not regeneration–that establishes the capacity to recognize the distinctions between the beautiful and the ugly, between order and chaos, between the creative and the stultifying.
(Does this explain why Christian stuff can be so cheesy and outclassed by the creativity of non-Christians? And how does this quote mesh with the first quote? I like to think that I love diversity; I like diversity from a distance, for sure, diversity in a controlled setting.)