Even as a church professional, I find myself wondering often if I’m actually living my faith in real life. I don’t get hung up on doing good works or worrying if God loves me, but I do wonder about how being a follower of Jesus is making a difference in how I live.
Kelly just started this Facebook group (and if you’re not on Facebook yet, how exactly are you wasting your time these days?) and she sent around a question in hopes that we would actually answer it:
“What is at the CORE of what you believe and why your faith matters to you and what difference you think Jesus makes in the world??? Can you say it in 60 seconds or less??”
Part of “reclaiming the E word”, I think, is being able to EXPRESS it simply, passionately, in a way that makes sense to everyday people. As a Christian who happens to be a mainliner or progressive, what IS the core message of your faith. What, in a nutshell, is what you believe? It’ll help me – and all of us, I think – to hear your answers to that question.
I really like that idea of not being afraid to share what I believe. Some may be surprised to hear that this is a struggle, even for a pastor. Deal with it. I’m trying to. So I offered the following reply on Facebook, trying to stick close to 60 second guideline:
I love Jesus because Jesus came into our world and announced that there was something better. A new kingdom. Not off in eternity somewhere, but here and now. On earth as in heaven.
I love Jesus because Jesus is totally fine with the fact that we can’t accomplish this new reality on our own, but nonetheless calls us to put all that we are into making it happen.
I love Jesus because Jesus always seems to line up next to those on the outside. This gives me great comfort when I don’t fit in and challenges me immensely when it’s someone else on the margin.
I love Jesus because everything that seems messed up about the way Christianity is lived out today is ususally best exposed not by the critique of others, but by the life and teachings of Jesus himself.