Message from our Minister
“True religion is not about possessing the truth. No religion does that. It is rather an invitation into a journey that leads one toward the mystery of God. Idola-try is religion pretending that it has all the answers.” This is a quote from Bishop Spong, that was recently posted on Facebook. Jesus is quoted as saying “I am the way the truth and the life…” but even in our acceptance of that truth, doesn’t mean that we possess the fullness of truth in our acceptance of Christ Himself. It means that to the best of our human understanding we receive and accept an understanding of who Christ is. It doesn’t mean we possess the fullness of truth. The shrill voice of those who think they have the full under-standing of who God is and how God acts is an indication of the weakness of their position. I have really been taken back by the recent reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision on Marriage Equality. One person has even been quoted as saying that they had a very large number (in the thousands) of pastors who were willing to give their lives to prevent this decision from happening.
I am saddened that this position has become the defining point in American Christianity. During Jesus’ life time he was asked what was the defining point of his understanding of God and our response to God. His answer was to love God with all our heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbors in like fashion. Jesus’ defining point is extravagant Love. So on any issue I am faced with, the question should be, How can I, to the best of my ability, show God’s Love in this circumstance?
You see I agree with Bishop Spong, Our relationship with God is an invitation into a journey that leads one toward the mystery of God.
When we think we have all the answers then we are serving a God of our own understanding. And that is an act of Idolatry. My prayer is that we will humbly navigate this journey towards the Mystery we know as God. Doing so with the full understanding that others because of their life circum-stance will see things differently than I do. But through our differences we bring a fuller understanding of who and what this Mystery is. We need each other.
Enjoying the Journey