This post is a result of something I experienced in earlier days. I was a fundamentalist and the emphasis at this particular place and time was: “Put God First.” So people were encouraged to “make a list.” [not to be confused with a “bucket list.” My such list only has one item: don’t kick it! 🙂 ]
So, people would make their list. Something like this:
6. Etc., etc.
However, it seemed to me at the time that “putting God first” simply meant that you went to church on Sunday, not missing Sunday School, because that’s where the numbers were counted, and you put your tithe into the offering plate. After that, you were more or less free and clear to do as you wished with the rest of the list because you “had put God first.”
Even then, and I claim no perfection in this, it seemed to me that there was a different way, a better way, to write that list. Seemed to me it should be like this:
1. God in the Church
2. God in the Family
3. God at Work
4. God in our Recreation
5. God in the Finances
6. God in the etc., etc.
Other religions instruct their adherents that their beliefs are to permeate and affect every part of their lives. A local hospital recently opened a special prayer room so one of its doctors could daily practice his religion. Only in Christianity, it seems, are “the sacred” and “the secular” compartmentalized, so that what happens in church stays in church.
This is not as it should be.
So, I ask you – and myself –
Where’s God on the List?