Christians (and probably most believers of a particular religion) are not strangers to the “Sacred/Secular divide” often known as the Great Divide. I’ve been going through a lot of transition recently and I have found myself with one foot in the sacred, and the other in the secular.Personally, I don’t believe that there is such a thing as the sacred/secular divide. The world is God’s whether secularism likes it or not, in my opinion. And the same can be said for Christians; the world is God’s whether Christians like it or not! If you want to know what I mean by that, then I suggest you get in touch via the comments!
Basically, we often consign elements of our lives into sacred and secular. So ‘Be in the world but not of it’ often means making sure we don’t cross to far into the ‘secular’ realm of life. In our jobs, for the most part, we categorise them as the ‘secular’ aspects of our lives, whereas prayer meeting, church ‘fellowship’ and Sunday worship are distinctly sacred.
I don’t think Jesus wants us to think like that. I’m quite convinced that he wants us to see all of life as his. Maybe if we saw it through the lens of a kingdom focussed perspective then maybe things in our world would be radically different. I mean, doesn’t the life of Jesus highlight that categorisation like this actually hinders God’s work and ultimately the growth of the kingdom? Can God be found in secularism?
The reality of the matter is that sacred and secular are very much mingled together, and there’s no getting away from it.
Do you believe that there’s a sacred/secular divide?
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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