The Myth of Autonomy

You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.  Psalm 139:1
It is he who made us, and we are his …
                                            Psalm 100:3

I was reflecting the other day how we as adults are like little children who wilfully try and pull away from their parent’s when the parent is trying to guide and protect them.

We pretend to be the boss. We live as though we are not under any authority. However, two verses from the Psalms (out of many) remind us that we are created beings. God fashioned us for His glory. But we live in a most arrogant age. We have decreed that “God is dead” and that the universe is an accident. We decree which baby lives or dies. As a society we live as though God is dead. In the US they have the bizarre contradiction where the official motto is “In God we trust” but you can’t pray to Him in schools and public places! In Australia we are no better. God is seen as an irrelevance.

Before we get too sanctimonious as Christians and declare that is not us but “the world”, we should look at our own attitudes and values and ask, “How have I been affected by these values of autonomy?” Consider the way you use your wealth and time. What are your priorities? If you are honest, do you live as though these verses are really true? I know I have to pull myself up constantly.

Too often there is that rebellious young child in me. What about you?

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2 thoughts on “The Myth of Autonomy

  1. It is a daily quest for me. The Lord’s Prayer is “give us this day”; not “give us this week or month”. If I don’t submit myself to the Lord every single day, then I can miss the mark quite badly. I have lived most of my life unaware of His love and guidance; I have been ignoring Him most of my life. I thank God that He is patient, and I can’t even imagine a day without HIm now. However, I am now in my 40’s…so it obviously took a while to realise that He is the One who never gives up!

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