Doxa takes its name from the Greek word for “glory, splendor, magnificence.” We dedicate every issue to the idea that God’s glory shines in every place, every situation, every person, and every time. As God’s creatures, made in His image, blessed with so many gifts and abilities, we have the duty to recognize His presence, see His great works, give thanks to Him for them, and bring glory (doxa) to Him (Matthew 5:16).
Like you, our writers and artists have suffered in this world. Though many of their works published here express jubilation, triumph, humor, and tranquility, others explore evil and its oppressions. In this, these artists bear witness to the reality that we live in a fallen world. We’re not in Heaven yet. Here Satan and his angels – and we as creatures God made in His image – exercise a powerful, though limited, freedom. When we abuse that freedom and rebel against God’s gracious laws that would set us free, we inevitably bring suffering to ourselves and to those around us. We also grieve God (Genesis 6:7; Ephesians 4:30). But such disobedience can never diminish God’s love and goodness – His glory – as rebels pounding nails into the hands of a prophet once discovered. Life shows us again and again: truth, beauty, and goodness fill the earth and nourish our hopes. Oddly, however, obedience to God sometimes brings suffering here. Job’s ultimate triumph only came after great suffering for himself and his family at the hands of a rebellious and cruel creature of great power and subtlety. Yet God repeatedly describes Job as “My servant.” “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil” (Job 1:8; 2:3). How could such a noble man experience such injustice? Of course Jesus Christ, the only perfect man, dramatically highlights such questions. Job’s experiences, Jesus’ – and our own – make it clear that a full understanding of God’s glory must include seeing His work even in the disobedient and in times of great loss. Ultimately we rely on God’s promise that He brings good out of every situation when we put our faith in Him (Romans 8).