Repurposed Lives (Glen Soderholm)

Perhaps you have had a chance to witness the wonders of repurposed materials. The human imagination is a marvel, as people have taken what appear to be useless, discarded materials, and made everything from liveable dwellings out of junk (http://www.criticalcactus.com/beautiful-recycled-homes/) to astounding art (http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/recycled-art-masterpiece-made-from-junks/). It was after reading a quote from T.F. Torrance that I made the connection between just this kind of activity and the gospel. Torrance writes,” Christ takes our sins upon himself in such a way as to make them serve our healing and salvation . . . It was (our) very sin, betrayal, shame, and unworthiness, which became, in the inexplicable love of God, the very material he laid hold of, and turned into the bond that bound (us) to the crucified Messiah, to the salvation and love of God forever. “ We are often guilty of believing that God can only abide and use our good qualities, accept us when we have our best face forward. But Torrance shows that it is the ugly and messy parts of ourselves that Jesus takes on (2 Cor. 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God”), to bear witness to the divine imagination and the reality of grace. The import of this is not to run out and cultivate more ugliness and chaos so God can build more imaginative homes (Paul deals with that clearly in Romans 6), but rather, in this Lenten season, to fall onto our knees in humility and gratitude for what has become of us in Christ.