If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
What makes something secular or sacred? Holy or unholy?
The culture around us likes to put everything into little boxes. We have religious boxes, government boxes, business boxes, family boxes, internet boxes, and so on and so on. Dependent on how religious or nonreligious we are, we also have boxes for what is secular and what is sacred.
Yet who or what determines if something is sacred or secular?
Is money sacred or secular? Is the beach sacred or secular? Is your automobile sacred or secular? Is your home secular or sacred? Are you secular or sacred?
Some like to think we determine which is which. But is that true? Because the government passes laws or decrees labeling something as sacred or secular, does it make it so? Because your aunt tells you what is sacred, does it make it so? Or what your uncle believes makes it so?
What if I told you that everything is sacred because of who owns it and made it.
What makes something holy or secular is determined by its author. Whatever the Creator has made is an offshoot of His character. If the Creator is Holy, then His creation is holy.
However, when the original intent of His purpose is changed without His approval, then what is sacred may become polluted. In the eyes of an unbeliever, it becomes secular (separate from God’s purpose). Yet, through God’s eye, it is still redeemable. In God’s eyes it is still holy. But the holiness is lost through man’s eyes by his carnal desire to solely gratify himself.
For example, God created the earth, but mankind abuses the environment for his personal gain.
God created the social institutions of government, business, and education, but mankind disbar His authority for personal ambition and gain.
God created the sacredness of sex, but mankind perverts it for personal gain.
Everything God made and makes is holy and sacred. Whether or not we keep to His purpose and intent will determine whether or not its full purpose is being recognized and experienced.
So, until we stop separating everything between secular and sacred, and acknowledge the Triune God’s authority in everything around us, this wonderful world’s potential will never be fully realized.
O yes, that is why we look forward to when Jesus returns and a new age begins with Him leading world governments to participate in His original plans for his creation. Heaven on earth in its totality is coming!
Rooting For You in Christ!
Encourager & Founder of
Vocational Leadership 360
Author of e-Books:
* Dancing With God: Life-Giving Theology Explained
* Great Business Emulates a Good God
* Be Radical…Follow Christ!
* Simply The Messenger
* Unequally Married
Encourage a Friend…Share Today’s Message!