The Christian Theory of Routine

I enjoy studying the science of Quantum Physics. It’s an amazing journey from the reality of what we understand to a scientific land of magic. It’s where the boundary of physical & metaphysical begin to meet. It’s where God lives (Col 1:17). What science has told us on Quantum Physics is enough to remind anyone of the Faith that is so hard to keep in this day and age but that’s not really why I bring up the subject. I have my own quantum theory of sorts: I call it the Theory of Routine.

Some of the facts surrounding the Theory of Routine you’ll believe to be self-evident. But, like that scientific land of quantum physics, I want to push beyond the borders where things get magical; I want to ask why. Then I’m going to try and answer my own questions out loud and see if they make sense. I suppose my audience can be the judge of that.

I mentioned Quantum Physics earlier because of Quantum Entanglement, one of the great mysteries of science. To put it simply
for those unfamiliar, basically one particle can cause another to move in conjunction with it, even when separated by great distances. Science has no clue how they’re connected or how they move in unison. I liken Quantum Entanglement to the Theory of Routine (TOR): It postulates that routine (or even works if you will) is one of the two connecting ligaments between us & God (faith being the secondary ligament). Routine becomes a metaphysical necessity for us because it invokes remembrance:

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. (2Pe 1:9)

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:5)

Man is a creature of habit, he needs routine. He needs his seasons, annual reminders and holidays. He needs his traditions. For all of these, his reminders, he must believe in something. The stronger his belief, the greater the impact upon his life in terms of outward action. theory of routine

This is not much different than the psychological concept of setting goals. If you have a goal, you have a purpose. If you have a purpose, your routines center around that purpose changing only as you get respectively closer to it. Routine then becomes an anchor, locking you into any given position which can not be moved by anything but a greater (or lesser) degree of faith in said purpose. If not pressed forward by belief, routines slide backwords into bad habits. Bad habits (or the lack of any habits), do not weigh anything and you find yourself swaying in every direction (sinking sands). You are purposeless or worse, you are addicted to your carnal appetites.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
(Mat 7:26)

The true beauty in the TOR is that, like Quantum Entanglement, the degrees of separation do not matter. Any act of faith on your part will invoke a response from who you are connnected to: The Lord Jesus Christ. God, no matter how far away you are, can move you.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8:38-39)

Faith is the substance of things hoped for. It could be expressed like this: F = S/H. But faith, without works, is dead: F/1 – 1/W = 0

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. (Pro 4:4)

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Rom 1:28)

Who moves first is not addressed by the TOR. Does our faith move God or does God move our faith? We know the answer is both! Belief, our first work, came by grace and since that time we are in Christ and Christ is in us. Set your routines in Christ and you’ll always know what you are doing. You will always have purpose.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Eph 2:10)

One Response to The Christian Theory of Routine

  1. Bruce Kokko

    April 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Good job, Jon! I like how you think. Quantum mechanics is living in the tensions. Can you dig it?

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