We are half way through this amazing worldview tour we are on. I hope that it has caused you to stir the depths of your belief systems and that it has not only been an encouragement to the journey that you are on but that at the same time it has challenged a few things as well as we pursue and attempt to gaze into the face of God. This week we are looking at Sociology. What we are really looking at is the fact that God is a God of order. God has created not only the natural world with order but he also ordered our relationships and the social systems we have in place. There are six specific areas that Dr. Tackett lays out in this weeks tour; family, labor, church, state, community and the relationship between man and his Maker. Each and every one of these areas and the order that is place (or should be in place) in each of them is not simple an expression of Gods creative design, it is a reflection of who He is.
God himself is all at once one and many. The Triune God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) embodies and exemplifies diversity within unity and also answers the question of why 'it is not good for man to be alone." Relationship, union, communion, intimacy, fellowship, love, and community - these things have existed from all eternity within the economy f the Godhead and they now exist within the social order that God designed from the beginning.
Here are the questions I would like us to consider for week seven of this 12 week worldview tour.
1. What point was Dr. Tackett trying to make with the chicken egg?
2. In Genesis 2:18, God declares that "it is not good for man to be alone." What does Dr. Tackett mean when he says that this is an ethical rather than a qualitative statement? How does this assertion become important to our entire discussion of the social order?
3. What do theologians and philosophers mean when they talk about the "Natural Law?"
4. Dr. Tackett claimis to see "threes" wherever he looks in creation or in the human social order. How is this "Trinitarian" pattern in the structure and relationships of family, church, and the union between God and man?
5. In Malachi 2:16, God says that He "hates divorce." Why does Dr. Tackett maintain that this is not simply a practical or pragmatic statement? What does the principle contained in this verse cast on all of the pathologies associated with family? With human life as a whole?
6. Discuss some practical examples of the intensity of the Cosmic Battle as it is being played out in the realm of the social order in our day. How are the people in contemporary society manifesting their unwillingness to acknowledge the obvious and look upon the face of God in this area? What should our response be to this situation?