In The Reason for God, Timothy Keller challenges, “I ask you to put on Christianity like a pair of spectacles and look at the world with it. See what power it has to explain what we know and see” (The Reason for God, p. 137).
As someone who has worn glasses since the age of three, this concept rang a chord with me. Without my glasses on, I do not see the world clearly at all. With glasses, things appear in sharper focus and I have a better idea of how to respond to what I see.
So it is with the “spectacles” of Christianity. When we don’t have them on, life in general looks blurry, confusing, out of sync. But through Christianity’s vision, my focus is clearly on Christ and my response to what I see before me is based on my relationship to him.
After I turned 40, I had to start wearing “computer” glasses at work and “reading” glasses at home. My eyes now need special glasses for certain activities that I did not need when I was younger.
With the metaphor of the Christian spectacles from Keller in mind, it makes me realize that as I grow and age in my faith, my spiritual perspective needs some adjustment as well. I can’t look at my life as a Christian in the same way I did when I was a toddler or in grade school or in college.
My ability to see my faith life clearly continually needs tweaking in order for my faith to mature and keep my sights set on the ultimate goal of my purpose in Christ.
Wearing different glasses at work also makes me realize that I need to overlay Christ on what I do there in a different way than how I overlay Christ on my time with friends and family. Being a Christian at work sometimes looks different than it does at home and vice versa.
And wearing glasses just for reading and just for the computer symbolically helps me to remember I should be careful to look at the words on the page through the lens of the Gospel and turn away from information or websites that are not in line with the Gospel and Christian values.
We cannot always help everything we see, but if we are mindful that we have our Christian spectacles on at all times, it will have an impact on how we respond to everything we see in a way that is pleasing to God, in harmony with his will and in concert with the way of Christ.
Think about this the next time you reach for your glasses!