Disconnect. Total. | Genesis 3:8-13
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:8-13 | ESV
The entire Bible story is the story of humanity starting utterly connected – connected with God, with each other, with creation; then comes dramatic disconnection in Genesis 3; then in Genesis 4 through the end of Malachi that disconnection deepens; with the appearance of Jesus in the Gospels connection is reestablished; Acts through Revelation 20 shows that reestablished connection deepening; Revelation 21-22 is a portrait of that fully integrated connection Scripture calls the Kingdom of God. All of us are experiencing a primary momentum of either connection or disconnection in our lives – and we live in a world that is disconnected and disjointed on a fundamental level. We were made as divine image bearers (the Greek word is eikon = icon) living in a very good creation, and we and it were both completely connected and responsive to God. But now creation is cracked, and we are cracked eikons within it. Like fissures in the ground spreading out from the point of impact in Genesis 3, there are several levels of disconnect we all experience daily: we are disconnected from creation around us, disconnected from each other, disconnected within ourselves, disconnected with God and the divine. And blame pours out of every such fissure. The man blames the woman – and the God who gave her to him; woman blames the snake; and the snake doesn’t have a leg to stand on – at least not anymore. And we continue to play the blame game because we continue to be impacted by the dynamic of disconnection at work in creation around us. We blame our parents, our environment, our upbringing, our poverty, our wealth, Republicans and Democrats, you name it we blame it. We can talk about “name and claim” theology all we want; it’s the “name and blame” game we really have to watch out for. But that game is rooted in us all as specimens of the cracked eikon that is humanity, and it’s rooted deeply. The question is, will we rise above the cracks or continue to hide in them…
When have you found yourself playing the “name and blame” game recently? What’s the cure for the cancer of blame?
God, give me a greater awareness (and acceptance!) of the ways in which creation is cracked; the ways I am cracked within it. Seeing and embracing them, empower me by your grace to rise above them rather than trying to hole up in their murky depths. Deliver me from throwing around blame today; let my heart take responsibility and my mouth be filled with praise instead. Through Jesus.
For all of this week’s resources for this new series on Spiritual Disciplines including this week’s DG video, check out the Vineyard website.