Character Comment – Coram Deo

CCA’s Character Education begins with pointing to WSC Question 1: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. All that we are, think, and do is divinely purposed to that end, Coram Deo. We have discussed the meaning of Coram Deo with the students many times. Below is an article from R.C. Sproul explaining the definition.

What Does “Coram Deo” Mean?

By R.C. Sproul

I remember Mama standing in front of me, her hands poised on her hips, her eyes glaring with hot coals of fire and saying in stentorian tones, “Just what is the big idea, young man?”  Instinctively I knew my mother was not asking me an abstract question about theory. Her question was not a question at all—it was a thinly veiled accusation. Her words were easily translated to mean, ―Why are you doing what you are doing?‖ She was challenging me to justify my behavior with a valid idea. I had none.

Recently a friend asked me in all earnestness the same question. He asked, ―What’s the big idea of the Christian life?‖ He was interested in the overarching, ultimate goal of the Christian life.

To answer his question, I fell back on the theologian’s prerogative and gave him a Latin term. I said, ―The big idea of the Christian life is coram Deo. Coram Deo captures the essence of the Christian life.‖

This phrase literally refers to something that takes place in the presence of, or before the face of, God. To live coram Deo is to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God.

To live in the presence of God is to understand that whatever we are doing and wherever we are doing it, we are acting under the gaze of God. God is omnipresent. There is no place so remote that we can escape His penetrating gaze.

To be aware of the presence of God is also to be acutely aware of His sovereignty. The uniform experience of the saints is to recognize that if God is God, then He is indeed sovereign. When Saul was confronted by the refulgent glory of the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, his immediate question was, ―Who is it, Lord?‖ He wasn’t sure who was speaking to him, but he knew that whoever it was, was certainly sovereign over him.

Living under divine sovereignty involves more than a reluctant submission to sheer sovereignty that is motivated out of a fear of punishment. It involves recognizing that there is no higher goal than offering honor to God. Our lives are to be living sacrifices, oblations offered in a spirit of adoration and gratitude.

To live all of life coram Deo is to live a life of integrity. It is a life of wholeness that finds its unity and coherency in the majesty of God. … to be continued


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Character Comment – Fine Art

In view of our upcoming Fine Arts Fairs, here are some thoughts from Mark Hamby of Lamplighter Publishing.

Fine Art

By Mark Hamby

Once, when visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, I had an experience that I will never forget. While standing in front of an 8-foot section of stained glass crafted by Louis Tiffany, I found myself wiping tears from my face. A year later I had a similar experience while visiting the Louvre in Paris. I was casually viewing several paintings–but as I stood before a Rembrandt painting, again, the tears began to flow.

I believe these tears were prompted because displays of excellence offer a foretaste of the glory of God. God is indescribably beautiful and creative. When we finally stand in His presence we will be speechless because of his unfathomable beauty and wisdom. Our worship will spring from the deepest parts of our being.

You see, according to 2nd Peter 1, we have been called to experience glory and excellence here and now. In fact, every aspect of our lives should possess an artistic quality. The ways we design our houses, rooms, and landscapes or how we prepare our meals should all carry the excellence of the finest art forms. William Morris, one of the early founders of the Arts and Crafts movement, said: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”(1)

We were created to be the image bearers of a beautiful and creative God. Our life, work, homes, cars, offices, bedrooms, and even bathrooms need to reflect the beauty and excellence of our creator God. Which reminds me; recently, I entered a bathroom at a restaurant and was so impressed by its design that I started taking photos. That’s how people should react when they see our lives and our homes and our businesses; our lives should create a reaction…a reaction that gives us an opportunity to give an answer of the reason of the hope that is in us.

Footnote: (1) Morris, William. Hopes and Fears for Art, 110.


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Circle of Friends Newsletter, 16.4

Here is our Circle of Friends Newsletter for March 16.4

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Circle of Friends Membership Form: cof membership form

 


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