This morning over breakfast, Bill and I pondered over a passage in Colossians,
“Set your hearts…and minds on things above…Put to death sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like, whenever you feel like it, grabbing whatever attracts your fancy.” 1
Is it possible we wondered, to set our hearts and minds on the eternal when almost everything in our world pulls us in the direction of the temporal? So easily we loose perspective.
“From my first office in New York City, on the thirty seventh floor of a Fifth Avenue tower, I could look down on St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It looked like a child’s plaything, a toy cathedral that I could lift and carry somewhere. Something about this troubled me. Cathedrals, I felt, should be looked up to.
“Later, when I visited England, I saw how cathedrals can dominate landscapes. Then I understood the new power balance of twentieth-century life. Lever House and the Seagram’s Building, I concluded, are our new cathedrals. The Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building our statements of value. Dwarfing the little church on Park avenue and Wall Street, they have created a new ethos. These buildings are proclamations of power…Is God with us in the Marketplace?” 2
Just why is it that we find the seduction of power in the Marketplace almost irresistible, as it wraps itself around our hearts and minds? Possibly the answer lies in the fact “that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love.” 3 After all, isn’t it easier to:
– “Be God than to love God?
– Control people than to love people?
– Own life than to love life…?” 3
Perhaps that is why we are often inclined to choose:
– “Power over love,
– Control over the cross,
– Being a leader over being led…” 3
QUESTION: In the end, which perspective will prevail: the temporal or the eternal? The answer will be determined by whether we allow our hearts and minds to be seduced by power, or possessed by love.
The choice of course is ours.
My prayer is that you are having a great week!