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Christians Living In Two Worlds/ The Sacred-Secular Split

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ever asked yourself the question after engaging someone “I thought they were Christians?”

It is common among believers to operate one way in the world and another within church circles. It’s almost like changing into one set of clothes for work and another to go to the gym. I recall dealing with this issue at work – one of the biggest challenges of my adult life came at the hands of a Christian brother who does missionary work. Because I was his boss, he was required to sit down and talk through the mess he and his team created (otherwise, this would not happen). I remember taking him to MacDonald’s for lunch (had to do this in a public space as he was notorious for twisting words and giving alternate facts). I said toward the end, “You’re a Christian, right?”. He said “Yes, and I apologize for all this”. Apologizing is so easy compared to the damage caused. Then I asked, “What were you thinking? I was only looking out for you and your staff”. He said, “I don’t know. I guess I just got caught up.” Caught up? Sound like another Christian who “acted in the flesh.” One thing is for sure, If I had a dollar for every time I was disappointed with a Christian hire, I’d have a good sum in the bank. The root of this bent toward two different worldviews is referred to as “The Sacred-Secular Split”. We will unpack this further at a later date. For now, I’d like to give an overview.

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