Two years ago, Matthew Redmond wrote an excellent book called The God of the Mundane: Reflections on Ordinary Life for Ordinary People (note: the Kindle version is only $2.99). I’ve blogged on this book before (here), but I wanted to mention and recommend it again by sharing a helpful excerpt that I recently re-read. I appreciate how Redmond clearly understands that our celebrity (Christian sub-) culture goes hand in hand with the “radical” movement in evangelicalism.
“[The reality is that] we will not be famous. We will not be stars in our culture’s glittering nights. And though many of us have drunk deeply of a celebrity-saturated world, we live a life apart . Oh, we want to be famous, known and revered. But that is not the reality. The reality is no one will write books about us. And outside of our families, we will be forgotten.
This sounds terrible but only because fame — which was never ours — has obscured our view of what really is. And what is that? That we are part of that not so exclusive group of men and women throughout history known as “everyone else.”
Christians are not immune to the problem of being mundane and seeing it as a problem. We have breathed in the same fumes as the rest. Our hearts burn for our deeds to be noticed and celebrated . We want to do something big and have it thrust into cyberspace for all to read. Those who follow the Man of no reputation pine for one, résumés ready.
There are dark and dusty corners of our heart that will fight tooth-and-nail against ever being known to exist. The reason is easy to see. We think the small, mundane, ordinary things we do each and every day are worth nothing before God because they are worth nothing before the gods of this world.
[However,] it is encouraging that there is a God of the mundane, because lives are just that — mundane. This is good news for those who have tired of trying to live fantastically. And this is spectacular news for those who have been tempted to think their lives escape the notice of God because they are decidedly not spectacular. It is encouraging because the mundane is reality. We may flirt with greatness, but the fact is — for the Christian and non-Christian — ordinary is the divine order of the day for the vast majority of us.