Posts Tagged ‘Montaigne’

Who is in control of our universe?
Before I come to it let me speak from specific to the unknown. I am in control of my life, at least to the extent where the issue concerns me and the outcome may not affect others greatly. As an architect if I think there is a project coming up where the services of an architect is needed my interest is to win it fairly. If there is an open competition it is essential that I try to win it: from shortlist to signing the contract I cannot afford to lose any opportunity that comes way to that end. Why should I move heaven and earth but to prove myself and to keep my office open? I owe to myself and those who work with me and take orders by bringing in funds. So I am connected to many whose economic viability is hinged on mine. I am not living for myself but for many others as well. As a practicing Christian ‘give us our daily bread means’ means ability to provide for many others as well. What if I do not get the contract after giving my best shot and also bringing God into my personal equation? Is God unfair to have thrown this particular project to another?
I think it was Montaigne who wrote that any man’s gain is at the expense of another. Thus to continue with the analogy God could only give me by denying another. If God is to satisfy me what I have set my heart so much by denying another whose credentials or need is greater than mine am I not making Him my accomplice?
I do not think God is in the man’s business here pushing one a little or pulling another down there and so on.
Mitt Romney can only win the nomination at the expense of Newt et al. Despite whatever these GOP candidates would have said of their faith God does not muck rake in politics. As Einstein said, nor does He play dice with the universe. Whoever thinks God as an accomplice has the Devil for a master. Many Christians seem to mistake one for the other. How do I know if I gained in the long run far greater opportunities to go higher in my career than be dragged by one project or into some muddle? My ability to foresee future is almost nil so it is necessary to attend to the day’s business as best as possible than set my heart on do or die basis with one. It may go out of my reach so what?
God is Wisdom and Power and as a Christian I believe I am made in His image. This wisdom and power in human terms need to be put to use. That is my reasonable service as a christian.


Read Full Post »