Section 1: The Author's Foreword:
So, it would seem that in the mind of modern mankind, the question has become, does God really matter in a world like this? With science, technology, and materialism now so very ascendent, should we even care about the abstract concepts of spirituality and the divine purpose anymore? And, at this present, enormous level of social, political, and economic stress, does the “God Agenda” still hold any practical relevance?
In truth, God and His purposes are all that ever do remain relevant at any point in time. This is true because of one invariable reality. It is this. The conditions of the present are always short-lived.
Always, for better or worse, time sweeps the human condition irresistibly forward, on to some new “present condition.” And, as it does so, only two things ever remain unmoved and impervious to this force of passing moments: God and His agenda. All else is eventually swept away.
So, in fact, the divine issues are the only issues which ever really do continue to matter. Thus, the smart move is to focus on what will endure to confront us again tomorrow. It is not to be consumed by the things which the force of time will very quickly blow away.
And so, I write. I write for any who do, indeed, still retain their spiritual wits in this ever more tin-hearted world. I write for any who still hear the divine call upon their heart above the noise of crumbling social structures. I write for any who, even at this late hour in human history, remain willing to undertake that mysterious personal pilgrimage which restores our soul, our relationship with our Creator, and the goodness of our personal here-and-now.
At the time of this writing, I have, myself, enjoyed this redemptive journey for 40+ years. And, across the course of that long path, I have discovered that it all simply comes to one thing – God’s friendship.
After all the elements of my own journey: the study of grand theologies, the personal struggles, the celebrations, the changes, the confrontations, the praying, the soul searching, the agonizing, the mistakes, the apologizing, the tears, the joy, the challenges, the drama, the worship, the failures, the successes, the surprises, the relationships, the revelations, and the just-in-the-nick-of-time rescues – I can find no better way to sum it all up than this. The work of Christ, in its ultimate purpose, is really only about creating a strong and wonderfully fulfilling “League of Two” with our loving Creator.
It seems so obvious now, looking at it from this end. My redemption - as is everyone’s - was always only about awakening within me, through Christ, this trans-formative daily friendship.
And the living Christ has been, and is, even now, enlarging this amiable relationship.
He is ever expanding this comfortable oneness of heart with my Creator. And this Christ-brokered heart-agreement has, indeed, over the years, become the strong matrix of our enduring friendship.
So, my uncomplicated purpose for this writing is to provide a thorough, A-Z exposure of the beautiful workings of this life-transforming God encounter. My hope is to simply achieve a real clarity in the mind of the reader concerning this renewing odyssey of the heart.
Obviously though, any religious writings are fertile ground for the cultivation of contention. And, I’m sure that these will be no different. When the old timers and religious insiders, for example, don’t recognize their seemingly “canonized” words and phrases, the language by which they learned, they are not going to be happy about that. And so, almost certainly, many of them will simply reject these writings out of hand, assuming them to be some new and inordinate thing.
Others, who have wrapped themselves in the delicate security blanket of their own “patchwork theology” will not want their comfortable, pick-and-choose belief system disturbed – even in the interest of greater clarity. So, their insecurity will almost certainly cause them to choose the seeming safety of their disjointed religious cliché’s over a broader and more coherent explanation.
And for a thousand other reasons, many others will reject these ideas as absurd and far inferior to their own more familiar religious ideas. Nevertheless, for all of their protests, the truth which Sir William exposed so many years ago remains true. Merely casting the “rose” into the fresh light of a more vibrant language has absolutely no impact on its immutable qualities.
So is this attempt to simply display Christ’s redemptive work in the brighter light of contemporary language and 21st century awareness levels. The point is not to reinvent redemption, but rather, to better frame it - in order to better communicate the opportunity.
Obviously then, it falls to the reader to be willing to lower, at least somewhat, the defenses you have established to protect your religious status quo. Most all of us harbor those security measures on some level. But, by their very nature, they get in the way of new levels of discovery.
Perhaps it would help to simply remember that, in fact, you are always in charge of the buy in. You, alone, decide what you will believe and what you will not.
So, there is really no need to fend off every new, and thus, less familiar, perspective which may, after all, actually hold some value for you. Please, do give yourself a real chance to find out if that’s the case with this writing. Please don’t begin building barriers in your mind to protect the more familiar – only because it is.
A “fresh eyes” approach always requires a willingness to venture beyond the zone of the already familiar. That's just the nature of life’s important pursuits.
So, all of that being said, if you choose not to be driven away by such insecurity, you are about to read something I think you will find extraordinary - not so much for its literary beauty, but for the simplicity of its content. And, indeed, I hope you will consider giving yourself permission to just relax and explore the issues of this writing with some curiosity.