We might not be able to fix the world but we can change the world. We are not powerless. We can create and work toward that end. The pastors an innovators of the next century will be the artists and creatives. We need creative initiative to problem solve, to face the hard issues and to make changes.
God’s purpose for creation fits with his creative energy in creation. Likewise, his ongoing purpose in this world and for our lives—as a part of his creation—guides and gives import to the creative energy we have as creatures made in his image. Whether you’re starting from a focus of justice work or whether you’re laden with artistic talent and creative energy, understanding God’s plan for creation and the ultimate aim of creativity will fire up your imagination and give direction to your passions.
Jesus made a way for us all to connect with God. It was no longer vertical access by the elite few. He added to the Shema, what we call the the two great knowings (Rohr): to know God and to know ourselves. The Shema prayer was so influential and important that Jesus used it as the beginning of His answer to the “greatest commandment” question in Mark 12:28–30