Time Magazine has listed 10 Changes coming in 2009 and No. 3 is the rise of Calvinism. It is a fascinating article and I encourage you to read it. It documents the increase of interest in Reformed or Calvinist theology from Mark Driscoll to the first printing sell-out of the new ESV study Bible (Really? Are people that hungry for the Word? I thought that stat was nearly tearjerking). In context of the whole article, I am wondering what the people who think theology doesn’t matter are thinking… No. 1 outlines how the view of work has changed and how people are starting to value what they do, not what they can buy. The article suggests that people will begin to consider more carefully why they do what they do and the meaning and purpose of work. No. 9 highlights the new concept of “Survival Stores:” buy low and buy only what you need to survive. It says that it’s “hip” to save money. No. 10 talks about the need to be “green” and that green is no longer for just the hippies, it’s for all of us. We no longer have the choice to waste, the article says, no more luxury to ignore the environment.
Aren’t these concepts just the outpouring of responsible Reformed teaching? Frugality, stewardship, and purposeful work?
For the first time in a dreary world, I have hope.
Thank you, Time Magazine, for reminding me that the God in whom I trust is larger than the economy and works His sovereign plan through “bad times.” Theology does matter, and it is encouraging to see the big picture and that inspite of the Church’s many failings on the mainstream level, God is still at work to accomplish His purposes.