From my other site: www.plantmedina.org
Novelist, William Golding (think Lord of the Flies) coined the term, “the ordinary universe” to describe the numerous mundane tasks that go into our every day life. The ordinary universe is comprised things likes taking your kids to school, watching TV, eating dinner, golfing, riding your bike, etc.
Since the Enlightenment, the church has been great at engaging the private sphere of religion. A curtain was hung between the sacredness of a church service and the profaneness of the everyday. Between the silence of Sunday and the madness of Monday. The culture has gladly given the church a few hours on Sunday (and maybe even a Weds night) as long as it keeps its spirituality private, sanitized, and anemic.
How do we engage in mission in the ordinary universe? The answer isn’t “Christening” secular activities and abducting them into the “private sacredness” (think Church Softball, Christian Rock Music, Christian Tee Shirts, Bingo night…). No we need a paradigm shift to occur. We need to realize that the division between the sacred and the secular is a lie and walk into our everyday ordinary universe in Christ. This is a call to abide. This is a call to pray unceasingly. This is a call to “be being” filled with the Holy Spirit. This is a call to faithfulness. This is a call to be like Jesus in the context of our everyday lives.