What if?

Hearing God? A daring idea, some would say–presumptuous and even dangerous. But what if we are made for it? What if the human system simply will not function properly without it? There are good reasons to think it will not. The fine texture as well as the grand movements of life show the need. Is it not, in fact, more presumptuous and dangerous to undertake human existence without hearing God? (Dallas Willard, Hearing God, 9).

I’ve been wondering about this myself. If Dallas Willard (and many others in church history, across virtually all denominational lines) is right that all Christians are at least able to reach a point where they have regular conversation (i.e., two-way communication) with God, and if God wants this kind of relationship with us and designed us for it, what would be the consequences personally and socially if we ignored this possibility?

To make it more pointed, related to the themes of this blog: what if politics and church life were not meant to run without continuous direction from God? If this were true, and we ignored it, would we have a world and a church like we have now?

I can’t but think that a lot of political and theological methodologies are “functionally atheistic” in the sense that they start from some immanently derived data and reason from there, and at no point is God’s corrective voice actually assumed to be available or active.