Sunday, January 17, 2016
For the Record on God
Last Sunday morning I explored how we perceive God as people who live in a religiously pluralistic world. Are there many lesser gods, idols in effect, which pale before our One True God, or do we acknowledge that there can be only one God, even though our perceptions may vary greatly? I used the Day of Epiphany reading about the Zoroastrian Magi, or Wise Men, who seek the Jewish child Jesus, who is eventually recognized as the Christ. Three religions intersect in a few verses of Matthew's gospel.
Both Zoroastrianism and Judaism were long established religions at the time of Jesus' birth. So were none of their followers worshipping the God we worship? Islam was several centuries in the offing, and it holds Jesus in high esteem. Is Islam's god a pagan deity, or do we worship the same God? I spoke about Larycia Hawkins, the Wheaton College prof who has been fired for wearing the hijab and stating that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
The reason I'm revisiting this is because of the latest edition of the student-run school paper, the Wheaton Record. Try to get in close on the depiction of Hawkins and her head scarf, or hijab. The words provoke thought, and this is a creative way of pursuing the conversation.