Tuesday, January 03, 2006
'Are you the one?'
You made my day by stopping by. I think i'm on the edge of culture shock or something. I'll let you know. Anyway, good to hear a good ol suthern voice!!
Take care and I'll be seeing ya around some
I wish I had the text of that sermon. It was FULL. I need to listen to it again and take notes...
Now what did he mean by THAT? Is he beginning his sermon by asserting that Jesus is not divine?
If that is what he's saying, he might as well stop right there and quit wasting his breath.
Just shut down the church and go home.
If Jesus was just another prophet who preached doing good things, plenty of others have done that, too. Why worship him? Why follow him? Go study Gandhi. Go join the Optimist Club or some other group of do-gooders.
And I do not accept his leap that Jesus was a disciple of John the Baptist.
The Gospel writers go to great lengths to be clear that John the Baptist was "not the light" himself but only paved the way for Jesus Christ.
I appreciated and agreed with his emphasis on Christian commitment to the poor and disenfranchised, and like him, consider it among our formost obligations.
But the sermon was too much partisan politics for me and not enough reaching out to individuals. He seemed to leave the sermon at one point and make kind of a stump speech. I wondered if he was running for something.
To his credit, he did end by affirming that "He is the one."
But in light of what he had said earlier, I wanted to ask, One what, Pastor?
One great guy?
The chu8rhc he leads is workin' for me, for now. I haven't joined percisely because he disbelieves some of the basics.
But I've not let basic differences with invididuals keep me from God's presence among other congregations, so I'm going to keep enjoyin' this one for the time being.
With so much partisanship on the religious right, I find it positive and refreshing to hear a preacher delcare his church to be unapologetically Christian and unapologetically liberal. Liberal, not partisan. There's a difference.
With open arms extended toward ALL of God's children -- left, right or in between. With the divisive political arguments either left at home or posted on the ER blog site. The Sunday pulpit should be reserved for the Worship of God.
When the right-wing quits boasting about its "conservative" Christianity, then I'll quit being pleased with this rare pulpitical assertion of Christian liberality.
Please correct me if I have misinterpreted what he was trying to say at the beginning of the sermon? He never explained it.
But, "Jesus is the Christ" and "Jesus is the Son of God" do not necessarily equal "Jesus is God" or "Jesus was born of a virgin" or "Jesus rose bodily from the dead," do they?
Does one have to believe the latter two to follow Jesus? Does disbelief in the latter two mean one thinks Jesus was "just a man"? (I don't think so, myself).
Just stuff to ponder.
But if he didn't rise from the dead, indeed, he WAS just a man.
And he didn't conquer sin.
And he didn't save us from anything.