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The History of the World in a Tweet

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One of my great weaknesses is the loss of perspective I experience when Christianity - the gospel, the church, the scriptures - is attacked. On reading about the inaugural imbrogiglio recently, I quickly became riled, defensive and angry, blustering to my wife about what the world was coming to, and clearly demonstrating that for all that I talk about the sovereignty and supremacy of God, I struggle to believe it in practice when things seem to be going wrong.

Deep down, my assumption often seems to be that the purposes of God are progressing in proportion to the acceptance Christianity (the gospel, the church, the scriptures) is receiving. It’s as if the marginalisation of Christian belief in the public square in America - which certainly seems to be happening - is somehow a setback for God and his kingdom. In the cold light of day, of course, I know that’s not true. God reigns, Obama doesn’t, secularism doesn’t, and when the rulers of the earth take their stand against the LORD and his anointed, the one enthroned in heaven laughs. But, drenched as I am in popular media that assume and proclaim the connection between popularity and success, I find it all too easy to forget that. Most noticeably, I find it all too easy to forget the transience of worldly things, the eternity of God and his kingdom, the permanence of the church, and the irrelevance, in the grand scheme of God’s global purposes, of what contemporary leftish American politicos think about 1 Corinthians 6.
 
So to restore some perspective, particularly on this last point, I tried to summarise the history of the world in a tweet, from a few different angles. It was quite cathartic, actually.

Imperially:
Minoan, Hittite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman, the kingdom of God, Frank, Holy Roman, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, British, Soviet, American
 
Biblically:
God creates world. God creates man. Sin conquers man. God creates Israel. Israel creates gods. God conquers sin. God rescues Israel. Israel rescues man. God rescues world.
 
Missionally:
“So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily” (Acts 19:20).
 
Scientifically:
God created the earth. And for the next 4.6 billion years, it sped through space at 65,000 miles an hour, and got slightly cooler.
 
In current affairs:
... fire, language, farming, writing, wheels, cities, maths, astronomy, sanitation), Yeshua, (dams, telescopes, printing, steam engines, penicillin, electronics, flight, the Internet ...
 
Any more suggestions?

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  • Graham Clark Photo

    By Graham Clark on 04/02/2013 at 11:28

    The presence of God
    Over the waters, Walking in a garden, On a mountain, Inside a box, talking to a select few, Living as a man, Dwelling in all believers.

  • Colin Thornton Photo

    By Colin Thornton on 05/02/2013 at 14:24

    Existentially:
    All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

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    By Adrian Pursglove on 05/02/2013 at 15:55

    You do realise you can’t have most of these because they break the 140 character limit for a tweet. The shortest I could come up with was;
    God, man, sin, separation, God broken, sin broken, God, man, restored, eternity