Sunday, February 11, 2007
'We do not pretend ...'
"O God, we do not pretend to come to you with more faith than we have. We do not pretend to be more righteous than we are. We are all beggars here in search of bread. So feed us, we ask, that we would be filled on your grace and love and become more faithful followers of Jesus ..."
Great-Great-Grandpa Redneck and his wife were charter members of a Disciples of Christ church, meeting in someone's home in southern Indiana, about 15 years after the founding of the denomination, before they headed west to Indian Territory.
Somewhere along the way, the Rednecks turned Baptist, specifically Southern Baptist.
I could easily become a Disciples of Christ member:
"The Bible is our primary witness to the presence and activity of the living God in the world. It is the responsibility of each Christian to bring the text into dialogue with Christian tradition, experience and reason in understanding its authority for today."
And here, on a heavier note, is a bunch of crap I stumbled across awhile ago. It's what I get for reading a Focus on the Family newsletter. I present it as an indictment of itself. I think the internal contradictions and illogic are self-evident.
On homosexuality and gender, and the Bible.
A good friend jokingly asked me the other day, after seeing the topics of homosexuality and Christianity in this space a few times, "Are you gay?"
No. But gays are among the "least of these" in this society, and I've repented of judging them any more harshly than I judge myself or any others, and I've added my blogvoice to the growing chorus within the greater Church calling for openness.
Please forgive ER. He spent a few days in Arkansas, and folks don't come out of there with all their wits.
:-) I'm just joshin' my friend. He knows it.
I both admire and share your (theologically correct) stance. I wouldn't expect anything less from a fellow intellect who, too, enjoys sucking phallic symbols of his own at Maker's.
(audio will be avail. there around 5 pm central time)
"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight."
Naw, joy, rejoiced, not the same thing as a laugh. Think of it this way...and then Christ chuckled. Where is that?