Working from some thoughts in a recent sermon, this is the first post in a series asking the question, "So what if creation is good?" (You can listen here, but sorry for the buzz)
How many times as a Christian have you been told you need to be more "this-worldly"? Likely not many. And much of the time, this is a good thing. There is much in the ways of the world that Christians ought not emulate. Too often, however, Christians have extended their beliefs about following Jesus and not the world to include a value judgment about the world itself - God's creation described in Genesis 1-2 is inherently bad. Oftentimes in their understanding of the world, Christians forget (or eliminate?) God's approval in the opening of Genesis: "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (Gen. 1:31, NIV).
When I think about God's statement of approval, three questions come to mind:
1. What does "good" mean?
2. What about "the Fall"?
3. Is Creation still "good"?
In the following series of posts, then, I will explore answers to these three questions (likely raising many more!). I plan to suggest that if we take the entire biblical account seriously as Christians, then the declaration "it was very good" continues to characterize God's view of humanity and the world.
Perhaps a "this-worldly" theology isn't bad after all...