Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Butterfly Effect

God’s way is to use the butterfly effect…  Chaos theory is much more Christian than what came before [in the study of physics] because it deals with the complexities of existence in time.  The butterfly effect says that a butterfly flaps its wings somewhere in the Amazon and it sets currents in the air that eventually cause a tornado in Texas.  God says He wants the nations of the world to become theocracies and you start by sprinkling a few drops of water on the heads of babies…The idea that God is going to start things with something so infinitesimally small doesn’t compute, but that’s exactly how God does things.  He tells us not to despise the day of small things.  And you have no idea where things will be 50 years from now if a few small-situation people are faithful, if we can get a new Cantus Christi with all the Psalms in it [which of course is the goal], and we get all the Psalms in the Church, and we get people thinking in terms of warfare and shaking spears when they sing the Psalms [which are war dances before you go into battle], things change!  But they don’t change directly in the way you think they do.  God’s usual way of doing things is to give you a vision, then kill it, bury it, then rebuild it somewhere else.  He does things in mysterious ways.  So if we want things to change, the answer is be faithful in small things and it’s amazing what butterfly effects will come.  That is the way the Bible teaches things change.

- James Jordan

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