THE WORD: In the beginning…

PHOTO CAPTION: Sunrise from Little Pinnacle Overlook at Pilot Mountain State Park (File | Joe Chansak)

As the media concerns itself with the traditional transfer of power in Washington, many are discussing “the big picture” of how politics will shape our state, nation and world in the years to come. Surely the government response to public health issues, natural disasters and environmental policy will have an impact on our society.

This is not the beginning of America. It is the continuation of a process that started in 1776. But, as great as our country is, we are just an ephemeral piece of the real story. God created the platform of our world when He created the heavens and the earth. With His words, “let there be light,” our framework of existence began. As we are told to consider “the big picture,” we should. The widest view of that picture is that politics is merely a small part of our society, and an even smaller piece of God’s plan for our world and for each of us.


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.