Read: Alive in the Story of Creation & Awe and Wonder.
No matter when, where, or how we begin the Christian walk, we step onto a path that goes back to the beginning of creation itself. We can only understand our life in the context of creation. McLaren’s overview of Part One and his first chapter take us there.
I agree with him that whatever else creation teaches us (and it is a lot), it tells us God is not boring. To journey with God is magnificence, multitude, and multiplicity. The revelation is nothing less than romance–a Lover/Beloved relationship, which early Christians compared to a dance.
In this regard, they saw creation as a reflection of Trinity, where Father, Son, and Spirit danced in the divine nature, with the impulse to create the world to be a dancing place too. To say it simply, the God Who is Love wanted to make a world where love defines and directs everything.
It is sad that the doctrine of creation has become a bone of contention when it was intended to be a basis for celebration. What could be more inspiring and unifying than that we all exist because God has made us. What potential there is when we can say, “God loves me…and…God loves everyone else too!”
The response to God’s love is wonder–a full-natured “Wow!” when the message of creation invades the totality of our being. The Bible word for it is “Hallelujah!”–the word which shows that we get it, and that we intend to live with nothing less that the Life God has in mind for us, and for everyone.
And how sad when our response is “he (she) is getting more than they have earned” rather than celebrating the generosity and wonder of the giver!