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Theme of the Week: The View from Here


2012 was a wakeup and a call to action for so many of us. How should we feel as we survey 2013?

Another year has come and gone, and what a year it was. Much of our nation and world is still reeling from the events of 2012, and we here at The Colson Center for Christian Worldview are no exception. As radio personality, youth mentor and blogger John Stonestreet notes in this week's "Two-Minute Warning," we all suffered loss during the past year, both from the passing of our dear friend and leader, Chuck Colson, and from the atrocities committed in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut which cut our country to its heart.

TMW-Screenshot_Jan2012_1_575.jpg2012 also divided our society in striking ways. The world didn't quite end, but the battles over the sanctity of human life, over redefining marriage, and over religious freedom reached new levels and saw bold lines drawn in the sand by Christians unwilling to surrender what Christ claims for His own. While the New Year celebrations die down, observes John, many of these conflicts have yet to be resolved. And as our re-elected president maps out his plan for the next four years, Congress wages internal war over the country's fiscal future, and our nation's highest court prepares to make what will likely be a defining decision on so-called "gay marriage," where do Christians stand? What can we do in the face of a young year which John calls as unpredictable as the destruction of last year's Hurricane Sandy?

The key to looking forward, we believe, is looking back with the right perspective. And just as the Lord instructed the Children of Israel to set up memorial stones and institute feasts in order that they would remember throughout their generations where they had traveled and what God had done for them, we must look back on the losses, divisions and (yes), the victories of 2012 with a lens that sees the lessons and memorials we must live out in the coming year.

As T. M. Moore urges in this week's "Talking Points," our view of the future unfolding before us should be informed not by the foolish promises and gritting of teeth which characterize so many New Year's "resolutions," but by prayerful planning and determination to do the right thing, no matter what.

This world may be unpredictable, and 2013 may well see more conflict and confusion than 2012. But none of that should shake our conviction that the God who controls history never changes, nor should it keep us from planting our feet firmly in the promises embodied by the incarnate Christ. That, believed Chuck, is one of the beauties of the Christian worldview: it does not depend on circumstances, but looks forward to the future with the unshakable confidence that Jesus has triumphed over loss and division, and will ultimately restore His people, and His creation.

May the Lord bless you with a joy-filled new year!

Explore This Week's Theme

TMW_Icon_small John Stonestreet reflects on two words which for him encapsulate 2012, and reminds us that in order to look forward to 2013, we must remember the promises of God.  >>Watch now.
TalkingPoints In his most recent Talking Points, T. M. Moore offers sage advice to the Christian looking to make 2013 the best year yet. Resolutions, he says, aren't enough. It requires prayer and planning, and the pursuits of spiritual fruits. >>Read more.
BreakPoint_Daily_Commentary_Generic In Thursday's BreakPoint commentary, John Stonestreet offers a view of the New Year through the lens of Christmas, something he says fits very well with historic Christian practice. >>Read more
the_point In Thursday's Point Commentary, John Stonestreet covers the ongoing controversy over New York Times columnist Ross Douthat's belief that Americans are "decadent" for not having enough babies. >>Read more.
BPTW_icon_small John Stonestreet interviews beloved Christian musician, Michael Card, on the meaning and power of Advent -- the season of His coming! >>Read more.