“Being-in-the-world” is a concept made famous by the 20th century German Philosopher Martin Heidegger. For Heidegger, being was something always in context or in relationship. In opposition to modernity’s rationalist thinkers, Heidegger understood that in order to “be”, you had to be “somewhere” and in “sometime”. Human-being is not autonomous, objective, or neutral, instead, it is situated and contextual. In the same way, I think our Christian call to “be in the world, but not of it” calls us to a contextual awareness of our time and place. It is a call to be. To know what “time” it is. To be present in our world as agents of new-creation. To be present to the people in our lives. And to be faithful in our pursuit of Jesus.
Live a three-dimensioned life; stay away from screens. Stay away from anything that obscures the place it is in. There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places. –Wendell Berry, “How to Be a Poet” “To the ends of the earth would you follow me? There’s a world that was meant for our … More Lord Huron, Longing, and Presence