Who are we?
Why are we here?
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Life is full of questions. Some of them are small questions: “What should I have for lunch today?” “What time is the game on?” “Which socks should I wear?”
But some of them are really big questions. “What happens after death?” “Why do people do evil things?” “How did the universe come to be?”
For as long as mankind has walked the face of this earth, he has sought the answers to these questions. In a sense, the entire history of the human race can be seen as an undying quest for truth. World history revolves around humanity’s search for the answers to life’s biggest questions. Countless answers have been proposed. The philosophers, the politicians, the artists, the scientists, the poets—people from every walk of life and every era of history have attempted to give an answer to the questions that ceaselessly gnaw on the waking mind of every human being.
But despite millennia of searching, the human search for answers has turned up nothing but more questions, and it seems that humanity has lost hope of ever finding real meaning. How can we make sense of a world shaped by chaos and fury, paradoxically mingled with order and beauty? Reality seems a circus of impossible contradictions, intricately intertwined with one another in a ceaseless dance that we cannot unravel. The quest to build our own logical framework for our reality has proven fruitless, and so society drifts along aimlessly.
If this were the end of the story, it would be a tragic end indeed. If our quest for truth died here, Shakespeare would be right in saying that life is naught but a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” But I do not write to bring you to despair. I write to restore your hope.
For the story of man’s struggle with the truth does not end with our own failure. Truly we have fallen short of our lofty ambitions to understand the world by our own wisdom. But our failure is merely the opportunity for our salvation. Where we have fallen short, another has bridged the gap. Where we deceived ourselves with enticing lies, the light of truth has pierced our self-inflicted darkness. The history of philosophy is a tale of mankind’s constant wandering in the darkness, looking for light in all the wrong places. We could not escape the night on our own. We could not catch the sun and tie it down. But if we wait long enough, eventually the sun will rise on its own. And with the sunrise comes a new beginning.
For eons humanity had chased our own answers to life’s great questions. But though an answer might seem to satisfy one question, it would only confuse the others even more. The Author of our story created those questions, and He alone holds the answer to them all. And so we find that life only makes sense in the light of who God really is.
C.S. Lewis once said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” The world around us seems completely senseless on its own. But when seen through the lens of the Gospel, the order in the midst of our chaos is suddenly revealed. This is the greatest evidence of the truth of Christianity: after ages of searching, only the Christian worldview can explain in a sensible and consistent manner the reason that reality is what it is.
As Christians, we are called to live in the light of who Jesus Christ really is. That means that we must see everything around us as Jesus sees it. We must put on a pair of God-colored glasses to see the truth of our reality. That is what living in the sunrise really means. The address for this blog, “Life in the Sunrise,” is not merely a nice sound bite. It’s what this blog is all about. It’s what the Christian life is all about. Living a Christian life means living a life that is centered around Christ. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” We are a chosen people, called to live in the marvelous light of our Creator and King, the One who created us and purchased us with His blood.
I was not awake at sunrise this morning. I did not see the light of the dawn creep across the horizon. Yet I know without a shadow of a doubt that the sun did indeed rise this morning, because I see everything around me in the light of that sun. In the same way, we can’t always see God. But we can always know that He is here because we see everything around us in the light of who He is. “For his [God’s] invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” (Romans 1:20).
I urge you, in light of God’s glory, to live life in His sunrise. Step out of the darkness that surrounds us, the deceptions that cling to us, and enter in to the light of the Truth; for that Truth will set you free, and “it is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1).
Today and every day, stand with me and pursue a life in the sunrise.