What is a witness? We talk about witnessing in Christian circles a lot of the time, but we have created something of a monster in our attempts at living out the great commission of Matthew 28.
Isn’t a witness someone who has seen something? In the case of a Christian it is someone who sees God. We tend to limit witnessing to conversion experiences. There is a connection between being a ‘witness’ and giving a ‘testimony.’ I know that a witness gives testimony of what they have seen. We tend to have people who have lived a really interesting life that led to their near annihilation and they saw Jesus as a way out of their really enthralling life. They saw that they needed a savior and they became a Christian. This is frequently where the witness stops their testimony. However, it is only the beginning.
The life of the Christian should be an exciting story of seeing God. We should be seeing God everywhere. I am emphasizing the present tense here, but we limit where we see God on a day to day basis. We limit him by artificially creating a secular domain. A ‘secular’ domain is nonsense if ‘the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it’. We limit where we see God by the way we are taught to think. In most of our education we do not see God active within the content of the subject. Some people have been stretched to see history as his-story, but few see God through mathematics and chemistry. Can you imagine the testimony of a Christian high-schooler in mathematics seeing God in the created order of mathematics and worshiping God with sponteneity and joy?
Secular education is an affront to God. It does not allow God to reveal himself through the created order. In other words, secular education does not acknowledge God as the foundation and the core of all knowledge. It teaches humans to be blind to God. Is there any way to take public education away from secular thinking?
Do I have a witness?