Callings & Calvinism

Every once in a random moment, I entertain once more the idea of determinism. I don’t know why it appeals to me so, but I take it to heart that it does. I could claim that I am open to Calvinism–which is true, or would be true if both my brain and my heart weren’t repulsed by the logical conclusions of Calvinism–but I do fall back on the assumption that congruism is a closer description of Truth. It should satisfy the Calvinist to know that I still weigh these matters, and I am willing for God to reveal to me where I err. As a Calvinist, you must accept, logically, that it is not God’s will that I embrace Calvinism today–otherwise, I would.

But I digress. The matter, truly, is settled in my heart. Yet every so often when I am struggling, I allow myself to play the “what if” game. I typically don’t think it wise to ask questions like that, particularly if you are struggling with your identity and existence. Still, sometimes even I break my own rules. Often, it leads to depression and frustration. But today, an extremely new thought occurred to me, and quite unsolicited it was!

It has been my experience that Calvinists don’t really believe in a “personal calling” the way that, say, an Arminian might. How bizarre is that?

Calvinists tend to attack any view that espouses libertarian free will because it makes man too important. I understand the concern, though I think it is largely unfounded. Calvinism, on the other hand, tries to boast in her humility and insignificance in the world. This is backwards! This is entirely opposite of the logical conclusion!

Consider it. If determinism is true, then your every footstep, every gaze, every sneeze is ordered by God. That means that you are here for a purpose. Of all the things God could have created you to be or do or choose, He created you thusly–and likely for a reason. You are part of a grander scheme; a thread in the tapestry. How is that for a “calling” or “purpose” in life?

Quite opposite, the Arminian must choose her path. If she chooses what God did not desire, how can it be said that there was a calling on her life? She is nothing. She is replaceable.

How ironic is that?

Thoughts, anyone? Have I missed some obvious point here?

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