This was initially written for another publication (Fishkill UMC “Back Pages”. Part of what I have written may be used in another piece that I will be posting shortly.
When I began working on my doctorate, I was introduced to the book “Two Cultures” by C. P. Snow. Snow presented the argument that we lived in two cultures, one based on the humanities and the other based on science and technology, a division that appears to still be present today.
I think we also have another division of cultures in our time, with some proclaiming the need for a solely secular/non-religious life while other proclaim that what it is needed is a sectarian/religious life.
But life is and has never been an either/or choice. Ideas presented in the secular world tell us how to solve problems but do not always indicate what is the best use of that solution. And it is only through the sectarian view of the world that we come to understand our relationship with others in our community and around the world.
Jesus never said that we should totally abandon the secular world for the sectarian world; he merely wanted us to view things with a sense of priority.
And that means that while one works in the secular world, it is important to maintain a presence, constant and on-going, in the sectarian world as well. A world that does not include time for thoughts about God (be it in worship, prayer, music or communicating with others) can be a lonely and desolate place.