A few years ago, the History Channel put together two unique miniseries. The first one, America: The Story of Us, showed how America evolved from a loosely-associated group of colonies to become an industrial powerhouse. The second miniseries, Mankind: The Story of All of Us, traced the stories of cultures throughout the world. In both, history was retold by focusing on the key people and events that shaped history. It was history as story.
As a practice, history is the story of mankind. It is the retelling of the people, places, and events that have shaped who we are. While events in the present can seem random and unconnected, through the lens of history it is easier to identify sequences and lines of influence. In short, with history we can trace a narrative and embrace it as our story.
The Christian worldview has a unique perspective on history for two reasons. First, we believe that there is an Author behind this narrative. As the source and sustainer of all, God serves as the playwright to this cosmic story. And while the present—and even the past—can seem chaotic and hard to understand, we know that God knows the full story and has a purpose for it all.
Second, we believe that the playwright didn’t stay behind the curtain, but stepped onto the stage. Unlike the deist take on God, which stays hidden and unconnected to the story, we believe that God took on flesh and stepped into history. He lived, he died, and he rose again.
History is not just our story, it is God’s story. The Story of Us becomes His Story. And while we have our parts to play in this story, we must remember that we aren’t the main character. God is.Tweet