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Published on Apr 1, 2013
Tim Willard, author of Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society, is interviewed by Dan King, Social Media Editor for TheHighCalling.org.
Dan King: What's God's role in helping us deal with those issues?
Tim: I think God's role is central. In the book we look at God and his make up. We say God is love. To understand that we were born out of that love, and it's not just a flowery love, it's a pursuant kind of love. Like, he pursued us through Christ, right? He showed us this is what love does---it pursues you. It sacrifices in humility and serves. I think the role of Christ here shows us how to be with one another; it shows us how to live in relationship with one another, because we can understand we were made for relationship. We were made first for relationship with him. By being in that relationship, we can connect with each another. This is a side not I guess---in the second part of the book, we say "family of God" a lot instead of saying "Church." We do that because it's more relational. It's more often used than the "body of Christ" in the New Testament. Just imagine if you and I were going to church together and we approached church as how we function as brothers. It would be a different approach. We would want to see our brothers and sisters and connect with them. It's this relational thing. It's all folded in Christ. God's role is central---we come from Him.