Reading A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren has me thinking about my own theological constructs. Are my terms, images, and illustrations conditioned by a modern mindset (mechanistic, individualistic, consumeristic, and scientific)? Do they need to be rethought in a postmodern context?
For instance, how do I understand and express the sovereignty of God? Obviously, I believe in it (my son's name is Calvin). But does the way I express it connect with postmodern ears or am I simply parroting my modern forefather's means of talking about God?
"God is in control." Control is a term of modernity, complete with imperialistic and patriarchal overtones. Control is exterted by one individual over another. Control is something to be sought and gained by force. Control is an expression of a machine and mechanistic oriented mindset. A clockmaker has control over his clock.
Is this how God deals with us? So often we hear that people are not robots, but does our expression "God is in control" produce such a mechanistic view of humanity in relationship to him? Is this world a clock that God has designed and wounded up?
If this expression has worn out its usefulness, how then can we express the sovereignty of God in a postmodern age?
Maybe we can talk about God's influence on the world, on people. How then is this influence exerted? Are there better analogies?
God influences people like a parent influences a child.
God leads people like a head coach of a basketball team.
These thoughts are thinking out loud. More to come. Join the conversation if you wish.