Security is important, it is necessary. We retreat to, sally forth and operate from positions of security. Yet the absolute need for security is not met by human systems of absolute security. No castle is impregnable; for every bunker there is a bunker-buster.
Life is fragile, life happens. Does this mean we should embrace a postmodern stoicism, weathering the storm in submission to events around us, devoid of emotion and opinion? Far from it! Life is not merely a sequence of events, it is a product. Not simply of the past or of humanity’s success and failure. No. It is a product of the divine. The basis of life is theological and so, therefore, should our security be also.
Security and identity intertwine and intermingle, it cannot be otherwise. Like nation states we secure our interests and our weaknesses, and like nation states, this leads to conflict, casualty and ultimately loss. So often the personal policies we employ surrounding wealth, relationships, consumption and community create bunkers that separate us from health and eventually happiness . Far from being our salvation they become our Somme.
Yet there is salvation in our Somme. We need not rest as the Unknown Soldiers; true security has called us out by name. This security that calls us by name has many monikers, but single name and title: Jeshua the Christ, that is, the Savior King. This Savior King assures those who repent and turn to Him that they have been divinely secured in time and united to Him for eternity. In a glorious inversion of our expectation and inclination, He affirms that we are His timeless interest. The interests and weaknesses of those who accept His offer are translated and transformed. Their identity is secured. Resting in the security of the Father’s hand, they can in confidence cry out with the Psalmist, ‘The Lord is my strength, shield and portion; whom shall I fear?’ (Pss. 27,28, 73)
Security is important, it is necessary. We retreat to, sally forth and operate from positions of security. Yet the absolute need for security can only be met by the Absolute one, the Savior King. It is in Him that we sing, celebrate and mourn the fragility of life, yet it is He, not we, that secures.