There are very few endeavors in this world that can capture a person’s interest for a lifetime. Just like a much anticipated birthday present loses a child’s attention within a few days, (or even minutes), so the undertakings we most anticipate eventually lose their luster. It seems to be the norm in a fallen world. That is, until you come to the study of Scripture.
When Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do, they put themselves at the center of everything. They wanted to be like God. We can do the same thing, and when we do, it evidences the death and destruction that came in the garden – like those who made the tower of Babel. When we seek to make a name for ourselves, we are evidencing the disposition toward self-idolatry.
Tell the ALL truth… but tell it SLANT. That takes creativity. And the more creative you are, likely, the less direct you’re going to be. It’s not enough to ask, “What’s the truth I wanna get across?” But also, “What’s my angle? What’s my slant?”
I am afraid that we have relegated Christianity to something in our mind and lost the sense of how holistic redemption is, how God communicates what Christianity is through the images that he has given to his church. There is a felt flatness to some versions of Christianity, not an embodied invitation to a historic sacramental Christianity. The historic images that God has given to his church are not the practices that usually come to our mind when we think of what it means to be a Christian.
Christians talk all the time about Eden and rightfully so, yet, it usually is just to set the scene for the upcoming drama rather than be a part of the drama itself. But when we come seeking God’s agenda rather than pushing our own, we see that Eden is not just a backdrop for the world’s beginnings, it is a theology lecture in garden form. In every tree, plant, and fruit, God is explaining who he is and who we are. And as the true artist, he speaks to us through the garden’s form and function.