It is the week before finals, and I am frantically writing my final essay for my literary criticism class. But what I keep finding funny and somewhat odd is this: I am learning about God at a secular university.
Now I don’t mean learning in the classical sense; no one has been instructing me. But because of the presence of the holy spirit in my life I am taking new tidbits out of the everyday. My literary criticism class for example. One of the theorists that we have been studying, and the one about whom I will be writing my essay, is named Lacan.
He talks about lack. He says that when you are a baby, maybe sixth months of age, you will come into the “mirror stage”, and you will see yourself in the mirror and you will realize that YOU are not the Universe. You see that you are a small figure and that though you are waving your arms with all of your might, you have little effect upon your surroundings. You are not one with the world, or with your parents, or with everything you see. You begin to realize that you are separate, and because of that, you experience a great sense of LACK. This lack, you will be continually trying to fill the rest of your life. And nothing, nothing, can fill the void.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, the God shaped hole.
Now, Lacan of course was not a follower of Jesus. He would probably say that a relationship with God is just another thing that we use to try to fill our lack. He would lump the followers of Jesus in the category of the religious and write us off as being just like everyone else.
But knowing the truth; and being in that class, I realize more and more that every man has an opportunity to see God. In each theory there is at least the smallest grain of truth, and that teaches me that many of these works are forced attempts to create a truth and a reality excluding any possibility of God. And how SAD! When the essence of truth stares man in the face and he turns to his own devices for explanations.
But I am encouraged because this reminds me that there is evidence of God everywhere, even when you are not looking for it. Everyone will have an opportunity to see the truth, and many will accept it.