Monday, December 17, 2012

Reflection for the Week - December 17

Someone mentioned: “I’m frustrated with what is often portrayed today as Christianity. There is so much that is trite and superficial, without any concern for depth and a connection between truth and love. How can we move in new directions?”

My response to this was: “Seems to me, you should be frustrated. The current portrayal of the Christian faith, in many circles, is not only frustrating to you, but no doubt to God as well. From what I can tell, God doesn’t appear to endorse the shallow and trivial. If that’s the case, you’re right to protest, seek fresh insights, and a realistic credibility. God is on your side. What is passed off as ‘Christian’ today often goes against the very core of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ – the Crucified and Risen One. Somehow we’ve lost the vision that love and truth go together. To move in new directions it is imperative to understand that Christianity is about as deep as it gets. First and foremost it’s about being in community with God, through Christ, in the power of the Spirit, and being in community with the other – from there we are then called to live in love on the basis of the truth of redemption and forgiveness situated in the reality that the God of Scripture exists, has created this world, and sent Christ to restore it. There’s real depth here: deep love and deep truth, in contrast to the trite and superficial.”