All is Dust and DNA


(system) #1

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://biologos.org/blogs/jim-stump-faith-and-science-seeking-understanding/all-is-dust-and-dna

#2

Beautiful thoughts here, Jim. Thanks for sharing. In reading your post, I was reminded of an Ash Wednesday meditation I wrote for our church. Here it is:

Sweaty. Smelly. Animal. Earth-stuff. Seemingly the opposite of exalted (and exaltable). But God is (and always has been) the lifter of low things (1 Corinthians 1:28). So it is no wonder, and yet the wonder of wonders, that God’s design is (and always has been) to bring dust to glory. “[W]hat is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have…crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:4-5).

But wet, dusty ashes pressed into our oily, dusty foreheads remind us that we have all careened off this path to glory. “[F]or all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In sin, dust to glory becomes dust back to dust (Genesis 3:19)—our glorious purpose undone by rebellion.

But those dusty ashes on our foreheads trace a dusty Man’s cross-shaped death-road to resurrection glory. And now, sin cannot keep dust down if we will sink sin low into death and travel the glorious, life-giving way of the cross.