“One day the Eternal God scooped dirt out of the ground, sculpted it into the shape we call human, breathed the breath that gives life into the nostrils of the human, and the human became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 (The Voice)
I think the separation of sacred and secular is a myth that needs blown out of the water. I find it amusing and lovely that our Creator took the most ‘secular’ and physical thing -dirt!- to form man and then breathed the most ‘sacred’ and heavenly thing -His own Life- into it to form the first human. Right from the very beginning God was sanctifying the ‘secular’.
It’s an unBiblical mindset to live our lives with God as a part of our life instead of the foundation of our life. It’s not God first, other things following. There’s no separation of the physical part of our lives and the spiritual. It’s about the bedrock being Him and everything else flowing out of Him.
It’s easy to partake in sin when we separate the secular and the sacred because we’ve compartmentalized God out of that aspect of our life. When we live as though God is right there in everything we do, that healthy fear of the Lord and living in His grace can keep us from the choosing the perilous path of sin.
When we invite Daddy God to be the basis of our lives, everything is sanctified and pure. We live out of His pureness.
“Listen: to those who are pure, all things are pure. But to those who are tainted, stained, and unbelieving, nothing is pure because their minds and their consciences are polluted.”
Titus 1:15 (The Voice)
One great example is ‘secular’ music. I’m not talking about pumping yourself full of ungodly lyrics without including God into this aspect of your life. If you can listen to it, with the awareness that God is right there with you, He’ll either speak to you through it, or tell you to quit listening to it.
God has spoken to me through the crying of my own baby. He has spoken to me countless times through the lyrics of music that isn’t sung by Christians. He speaks to me while I’m doing dishes. I’ve had the most profound encounters with Him while driving across town to run errands. The most mundane, human, ‘secular’ activities, when done with Him, are the ones He loves to shout His goodness through.
If the skies and the rocks can cheer of His goodness and glory, I’m sure that words in a book, written by unbelievers, can do the same. I’m sure than I can hear His whispers while sitting on the beach (I’m sure the waves and sand sing!). I’m convinced that He wants to be invited to a teenagers birthday party – and He doesn’t even need it to become a prayer meeting. I’m confident that my conversations with friends over a glass of wine are filled with His presence.
I believe that as we invite our Creator God to be the essence of our entire being, we will know Him more wholly and more deeply. We will learn more about His character. We will see different aspects of His personality and nature than we would ever know by just going to church and separating off that part of our lives as ‘sacred’.
As we merge the secular and the sacred in our lives, I just know that we are becoming more fully and wholly who He has created us to be!