So, I’m seeing the need to reopen the blog.
Why? I asked myself. Why write? Why agonize over words and deadlines?
Because words are important. Words are specific communication. Words communicate intent and design of ideas. And, while my nature wants pictures to be able to do this, pictures cannot bear the weight of a divine relationship. God speaks to us in many ways, but most importantly he speaks to us with words.
Take the word, “Quasimodo” for example. What’s in a name? It is possible that the man we know now as “Quasimodo” may have been an actual person. But since 1831, he has been immortalized by Victor Hugo as a troubled, misunderstood person whose material imperfections kept his spirit from being recognized as valuable in the eyes of God. So, I want to explain the name of this blog as coming from the character and his struggle as I see it in the Christian life: my spirit has been born from above [John 3], while my flesh is corrupted and waits to be resurrected in the image of Christ [1 Corinthians 15].
This is, I believe, is the struggle all Christians face. We are “half-formed” – knowing God, our minds are being renewed by the Holy Spirit to know God’s perfect will [Romans 12], but our “flesh” (as Paul says) continually fights against God’s renewing work. Paul laments this situation in Romans 7.14-25:
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. …Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
We laugh, we love, we hope, we hate and we desire many things. But, is Christ our Lord over the “body of death?” This is what I hope to ask in this blog. Thanks for reading.