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"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.


The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.

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doers and watchers

There are two types of people in the world. There are doers and there are watchers. The doers are the people we esteem most highly in the fast paced goal-oriented society we live. They 'get things done' or 'make things happen'. Often they live a life of goals and accomplishments. Most of their thoughts are about how to 'get ahead' or 'progress'. Often they move along rather easily through life. Although busy they are for the most part at ease. Often they are viewed in our society as the way to be. They are predominate. And watchers are always encouraged to be doers for the most part. One exception would be the story of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. In that portrayal Martha is busy, but cast as being concerned with the lesser things.

The small things.

Mary on the other hand is the reflective one. She is the watcher at heart. What is interesting is that even in our pause from the business of the 'doer' we somehow cast Mary as a doer as well. She is mainly doing what is best. Mary is worshiping Jesus. Don't lost the innuendo here. Mary is 'doing something' even if it is worshiping.

But I believe Mary is a watcher that has come to this place by being observant, aware, sensitive to what surrounds her. She has been watching. Watching should not be confused with being 'lazy' or wandering around with ones' head in the clouds'. A watcher is one who is seldom at rest or at ease. They are always wondering, wandering, and well...watching. They notice the world and feel somewhat connected yet at the same time distanced or on the outside. They observe as they live. They are described as contemplative, or artistic, or intuitive...but I prefer 'watcher' because it describes someone who is taking it all in trying to make sense of their world.

The watcher absorbs while the doer attacks.

The doer doesn't really pause to make sense of it since they are too busy making their way in it or maintaining it, or managing it, in order to make their existence 'useful' or beneficial, primarily to themselves and those closest to them. This always make sense to the doer and they don't even think of making excuse for it. To be any other way would be foolish to them. But the watcher sees things from many perspectives by nature. They can't help but feel for the 'other' and have a difficult time thinking only of themselves. Their orientation is just different. The watcher feels deeply. The doer feels, too, but dismisses disconcerting thoughts subconsciously and efficiently for the most part. The doer doesn't want the distraction of the unknown. In some way they are by nature unable to feel at a deep level and are somewhat mystified by the depth of the watchers thoughts or emotions. Sometimes jealous, often intrigued but never persuaded, the doer always returns to their way as the best way. From time to time they think they might like to be a watcher but it is too hard to do what come instinctively to the watcher. It is too much work and being 'unproductive' not worth doing. So the doer just gets on with it.

It might be said that both see the woods, one in passing, the other from deep within.

It's not difficult to see the feminine and masculine in the make-up of the doer/watcher model. The masculine is about conquering and mastering while the feminine is about nurturing and understanding. They are complimentary rather than opposed. Sometimes when we see these lines blurred we become confused, disoriented. That need not be. Being whole means the rolling of these seeming opposites into One. This Oneness is seen clearly in the Godhead. God is the blend of the Old Testament 'masculine' God with the New Testament 'feminine' Jesus. Do not impose strong onto just one person. Observe the momma bear in nature for a visual. To be feminine is not to be powerless by nature but sacrificial by choice. Such is the instinct of the mother. And do not impose these lines upon each character rigidly but leave room for interplay and crossover. Because this is how we are made. It is simply a matter of degrees. And we are, of course, made in the Image of God.

This is what 'we' are.

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