Becoming a Christian Realist
If we would rise into that region of light and power plainly beckoning us through the Scriptures of truth we must break the evil habit of ignoring the spiritual. We must shift our interest from the seen to the unseen. –A.W. Tozer, the Pursuit of God (chapter 4)
Faith has been thought of as blind and Christians have been accused of living in denial or a fantasy world. It’s true that some spout off scripture as if it’s little more than a bumper-sticker slogan, but for others find incredible evidence for God and His word is a living, breathing truth that molds, shapes, and changes both their lives and situations.
Those are the realists.
Now, usually when we talk about realists we are referring to those who only take into account the world around them and what they know by the interpretation of evidence and what their senses tell them. The Christian realist takes into account God’s eternal word and the experience of His goodness and presence and interprets the world through His promises and his spiritual senses.
Our interest and energies have to be spent more on the unseen than the seen. Easier said than done, I know. But I like how Tozer states that our ignoring the spiritual is an “evil habit.”
A habit, by definition, is not just a onetime occurrence, but something we do habitually. We have done it so much that it has become part of us. The world, its systems, its distractions–they beg to steal our focus and energy, but we have access to another world in which we are not subject to the whims of popularity or opinion.
It is only known by spiritual senses awakened by His Holy Spirit sort of like the molecular world is only known by way of a high-powered microscope. Without the proper tools, it appears foolish or opposed to “reality.”
We have a choice to make as Tozer goes on to say,
Every man must choose his world. If we who follow Christ, with all the facts before us and knowing what we are about, deliberately choose the Kingdom of God as our sphere of interest I see no reason why anyone should object.
We are too afraid many times to live by godly principles and the leading of His heart because we fear others’ responses or lack of understanding, but the choice presents itself over and over.
Are you a Christian realist? What are your thoughts on this?
Welcome to week 8 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it, and to fully digest this book, we’re spending two weeks on each chapter. If you have a response on your blog, add it in the link widget below and be sure to check out the other entries. Also head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for another great take. Whether you’ve read the selection or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.