Back when I was religious, I had my life all sorted into neat piles of “things that matter” and “things that don’t”. Church, Bible study, prayer, and Christian music had value because those things were “sacred” and eternal. But other things, “secular” things, were essentially meaningless: Hollywood and hobbies, politics and parties, the way I dressed and the way I kept my yard. It was easy in those days to prioritize: I merely had to sort the sacred from the secular and turn my focus full onto the sacred. Now that I see the Kingdom I’ve come to realize that my twisted thinking was just one more remnant of hyper-religious, super spiritual yada yada. The truth is, Everything Matters!
From the majesty of a sunset to the stripes of a caterpillar, ours is a world designed for glory and destined for redemption. Every little piece of it. Abraham Kuyper, the Dutch theologian captured it perfectly when He said, “There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, ‘This is mine! This belongs to me!'” There is no division between sacred and secular because there is no secular. It all belongs to a holy King, from the tidiness of my car, to the trimming of my shrubs, to the brightness of my smile. In fact, everything I do carries the seeds of significance.
I’m reminded of “The Broken Window” theory that became a crime-fighting strategy of former Mayor of New York City, Rudi Guilanni. The theory says that there is a direct correlation between broken windows and crime rates. When people go into a neighborhood and simply replace the broken windows of the vacant buildings, crime rates will drop measurably. Glory begets community health as surely as neglect and broken windows beget crime.
So while our postmodern neighbors suffocate under the lie that says “nothing really matters”, we believers have inherited a message of hope, the glad news of a Kingdom where everything matters!