THE OTHER SIX DAYS OF THE WEEK
Homilists charge us not to divide our Sunday faith from the rest of the week. When religious observance becomes a matter of sabbath obligation vs. “real life,” we create two spheres that effectively isolate spiritual and moral behaviors. In plain terms, the worshipper is no longer the decider. The worshipper exists in a tidy little universe involving prayers, rituals, and ideas about God. Meanwhile the decider is free to pursue what seems rational, desirable, or advantageous.
This is not to say that our decider self isn’t motivated by a sincere sense of duty, a keen respect for what’s legal, even sympathy for the circumstances of others. Our Monday-through-Friday decisions might well consider what’s best for our families, our communities, or those less fortunate. When spiritual and moral behaviors unite in a seamless garment of belief and action, however, we experience a deeper vision of life, one grounded in the creeds, stories, and communion of our worshipping selves. We escape the isolated weighing of pros and cons for each instance. When worshipper and decider are one, all is one.
Discernment isn’t an attitude that dictates what to do. It illuminates what kind of people we strive to be. It doesn’t involve empty existential handwringing about personal identity, but the deeper understanding of who we are in Christ. When we know who we are and whose we are, what to do becomes an integrated part of the whole. Are we living seven grace-filled days a week, or just one?
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications