Last week, I reflected on what it meant to be spiritual but not religious. More people now declare themselves to be spiritual but not religious (20% of our country) than ever before. It is an interesting declaration affirming a spiritual reality about self while also seeking to reject any identification with a particular religion.
I am Spiritual but not Religious. This has become a declaration growing in popularity in our culture. What does it mean for the 20% of our neighbors and friends to claim this identity?
Jesus is more than a buddy. That may seem obvious to you. However, last night in class there was one powerful aha moment. We are all about relationships. We focus as a culture and a church on having quality relationships. Our faith may be described as those who have a relationship with Jesus.
But that is not what the creed of the early church. Apostle Paul did not write his relationship with Jesus. The early creeds like the Apostles Creed did not invite us to have a relationship with Jesus. Their message was simple and direct. Jesus is Lord.
Do I have to like all who Jesus calls me to love? No. Do I have to agree with all I love for the sake of Jesus? No. Do I have to agree or accept all that others do I am required to love? No. So what is unconditional love?
Unconditional love as Jesus lived it did not at all suggest that he accepted what anyone did. The unconditional nature of Jesus love is discovered in two primary ways, inclusion and purpose.
Today we began a six week focus on the Faith Jesus Intended. We are going to be in dialogue on what Jesus really intended our lives as his disciples to look like. In worship today, we considered the core of the faith Jesus intended for us. It is as simple as this….
Love Your Neighbor, including your Enemy
Last night, our church went to the movies to see the “Joy”. In fact, so many went, the theater we had to ourselves sold out and we had a good number have to wait 45 minutes to see the movie in another theater. So thank you for those who were able to make that shift. The great News is Great Lakes Crossing has promised the largest theater movie room they have next week so we will all be able to see the movie “Concussion” together on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
We have made it through the past forty days in our walk with Christ in Mark and Luke. Congratulations!!!!!
We end in triumph as we celebrate both Resurrection and Christmas Eve. What a great Day! Both Resurrection and Christmas occur in the midst of darkness and end in joy. It is my deep hope your day ends in Joy. I pray those of you who shared with me in reading these two Gospels can have a richer celebration of the birth of this amazing Baby Savior. Merry Christmas!