Things I Believe In . . .
started it: He posted the "Things I No Longer
Believes In" on the
weblog which made me think about what I do believe in. I believe in these things:
I Believe in Relationship. I once knew God as
“Creator,” “Jehovah,” “Lord,” “God;” I now know Him as my Best
Friend, my Counselor, my Constant Companion, my True Helper, my
Loving Father. And I Believe in Relationship with people; not
“membership” in an “institution” or “denomination” or “church.”
I Believe in Showing as opposed to Shouting the Good News. I suppose that ranting and
screaming and shrieking have their place – perhaps among the Deaf.
I’m not that hard of hearing that I can’t perceive the sound of a spoken word. And I’m not that dull that I
can’t recognize Good News when I see it – acted out, demonstrated, lived more than lectured.
I Believe in Grace over Judgment. Come to think of
it, I also believe in Mercy over Religion, Goodness
over “Holy Talk” and Love over Law.
I Believe in Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and
Teachers because the Bible says “And He
Himself gave some to be . . . .”
I Believe in the Church – not the Masquerade or the
“Corporation of the Church” or the "Institutional Church."
I Believe in the Body of Christ, unified, not “unionized,” in
harmony if not in lock-step agreement. I Believe in the Bride of
Christ, readying herself for her Wedding Day.
I Believe in Being the Church more than “Doing
Church” or “Attending Church” or “Going to Church.”
I Believe that Words Mean Things and that when our
words don’t match our hearts or our actions, we’re in
Big Trouble with ourselves, let alone with heaven.
In His Grace,