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Everything, and everyone, really is awesome!
Everything, and everyone, really is awesome!

In today’s Acton Commentary, “Everything Really is Awesome,” I make a connection between the LEGO movie and the latest film release by the Acton Institute, “For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles.” My point of departure is the ditty that appears in the LEGO movie, “Everything is Awesome.”

Another implication of this connection is that everyone is awesome, in the same way that we recognize with the Psalmist:

O LORD, our Lord,
     how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
     Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
     to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
     the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
     and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
     and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
     you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
     and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
     whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O LORD, our Lord,
     how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Everyone and everything is awesome because of the creation’s reflection of the glory of its Creator. The human person, the crown of creation, reflects in the image and likeness of God the overflowing grace of the triune God.

I was a the Grand Rapids premiere of “For the Life of the World” earlier this week, and episode six explores the wonder of creation.

It’s all grace; it’s all gift, pointing us to the Giver. And in that way, everything, and everyone, is awesome.

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.

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  • Joseph Dooley

    Excellent review. Berdyaev would agree on the “technisation” of life that President Business represents. It’s hard to view as “progress” the organization of all the people of the world into little units, following the economics of scale to its logical conclusion. The creative service Ballor notes, which the technocracy squelches, can rightly be seen as the gifts of innovation and self explored by supply-side theorist George Gilder.