Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Sages, Leave Your Contemplations..."

At church this morning, something that stood out to me was a stanza from the hymn "Angels from the Realms of Glory".

"Sages, leave your contemplations
"Brighter visions beam afar,
"Seek the great Desire of nations,
"Ye have seen his natal star:

"Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King."

This made me think about intellectualism and how there are Christians who believe that we can find the answers to our questions in Jesus.  I often find myself discontent within intellectualism, seeing it as a process of continually trying to find a place on unstable ground and having empty discussions without arriving at anything satisfying to the soul.  But I'd also be discontent were I to force myself into an evangelical mold, which disregarded nuance and assumed that we have all the answers.  There is a joy that comes from not having a lot of the answers and therefore going on a quest to find them, only to find that those "answers" are not entirely adequate.  Life then becomes an adventure, of continuously unpacking mysteries.  But there's also a joy that comes from finding the answer, and that answer giving you joy, peace, and a sense of mission in life.  Can one have both? 

4 comments:

  1. I agree, you can have both. I probably keep my fulfillment separate from my knowledge quest more than most, but they are two distinct forms of enjoyment for me.

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  2. Something like Lee, I suppose, for me. It seems to be possible to be at peace, while wanting to investigate things one doesn't know about.

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