Secular Sacred

Secular Sacred

It is very hard for me to grasp the line between these two words or adjectives.  Somewhere in my past, this line was pretty obvious to me.  I was a “Christian” artist.  I made “Christian” music.  I won “Christian” awards.  So I could and would interchange the term Christian for Sacred very easily.   I later realized the judgment that was coming with that label or when I withheld that label from something.   I think that the broadening of my perspective has come mostly with reading, travel, and experiences.   What I would quickly term secular in my past, I then stumbled upon and saw God in.  Now I don’t think God just showed up there out of nowhere.  So this made me then begin to realize that God was there all along. Some of those “secular” things or places for me were music, books, art, movies, places and even people.  God was revealing Godself, at least to me, through a whole new kaleidoscope of ways and forms.  I chose to take the label off because I believe I was limiting my view of God.  Now I believe that as much as my life is to be worship, that all of life at life’s roots and intent is sacred.  Because if sacred means connected to God, or declared holy or good by God, or used of God, then that would and could include everything.  Now of course, we as humans profane and exploit things.  That doesn’t take away the original intent and it says more about us than about the object, place, or thing.  An example for me is I love that on the liturgical calendar there is built in to the events, ordinary time. I believe we too quickly wait for the big moments to recognize God, instead of realizing even in the everyday GOD IS. It’s the glory of the ordinary and I would say for me that reminder helps me see the secular sacred as well.