I got to the couch in time, under the blanket, to hear President Bush's speech on Iraq. Soon after it began I was sound asleep. I did tape it, and may go back and catch some, at least the analysis perhaps, since we'll all have the text to read today.
It's interesting how we Christians differ in how we interpret an event like last night. Our worldview largely shapes how we see it. That is shaped by our theology. Which is shaped by the teaching we've received and accepted. Also we are all people of our times and places. So philosophy does influence us. All of us, more than we think. It is good to be aware of that. I heard a good professor once say that Augustine was more Biblically oriented, and less neo-Platonic, at the end of his life.
The end result? Well, on my team alone, at work, we find ourselves at polar opposites on the war. And different ones of us have different takes on a number of issues.
I think we have to approach all these things with humility, first of all. God does give insight along the way. But we also know God's ways are higher than ours. That we really cannot comprehend his works. We can begin to understand his ways. And see his works. But an important part in understanding his ways is to acknowledge a sense of mystery and awe. As Paul said, "How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!" (Romans 11:33) Though he is speaking here of God's work in the world in regard to creation, the fall and redemption, as well as the difficult issues in regard to Israel in chapters 9 through 11, I believe this also applies to all of his work in the world.
I have my own belief about Iraq, the war, and politics and politicians. And I believe it's important to seek to see all in light of the kingdom of God revealed in Jesus. Better understanding our times, so that we as God's people, may better know what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). But at the same time, let's keep reading, praying, listening, engaging- and keep doing that. So that the end result may be, not to always be right on every issue, but to better see the hand of God in everything. So that we can better recognize and better live in, along with others, God's great salvation in Jesus, at work in this world.
What thoughts might you add here?