More Thoughts on Christianity – Relationship and Being Called
A friend from waaaay back – half a lifetime ago – has found my blog and has commented. I am humbled by his participation. I remember having many long discussions with Wayfarer about many things way back then. He is a gifted speaker and writer, whereas I tend to be blunt and to-the-point. Hopefully, he remembers my communication style! I mention it for anyone who is not familiar and may find the following forward.
“Christianity is a relationship” – that maxim can become trite and become corrupted and commodtized, but at its essence, it is true.
I agree with this. Whenever two (or more) entities interact with each other, there will be a relationship.
As long as it is remembered that it is relationship with a capital R. This is the God who created heaven and earth, who has come to tabernacle with us in our midst and in all who believe in Jesus by His Spirit. It is the Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4-5 etched out in the warp and woof of our lives and burning, and we are the canvas and we are the fireplace. It is the Cross of Christ lifted up over our heads and we are at His feet and we are with Him and in Him as He suffered and died.
This is all very beautifully written, Wayfarer. You say that God comes to live in all who believe in Jesus. What about those who don’t believe? What about those that can’t believe. I am not talking about an intellectual rejection. I am talking about someone who does not have the ability to understand these concepts you are talking about. (Heck, I’m not sure I always understand it!) What about them? Does God come to reside in them? Can they know God?
And we relive it every day in self-denial and putting others ahead of ourselves. It is the Resurrection and we have hope and life and healing because He lives. It is hearing His still small voice and anasering back in humility and worship. It is that daily miracle when our prayers are answered, when we reach out to others to bless and love them as we love ourselves, and God intervenes in their lives because we asked. It is that joy we feel when we have lived Jesus’ life and walked in His footsteps and we experience Life as it was meant to be lived by the Designer.
Again, beautiful words. What about people who cannot think of others? Who literally cannot practice self-denial or even contemplate putting themselves in other peoples’ shoes? Who cannot reach out to others? I am not talking about a person with a serious character flaw of selfishness. I am talking about a medical condition.
If we are dry and if we are shattered, there is only One who can water us and who can remake us again. By all means leave the legalistic religiousness that passes for true faith in so many. But never leave Christ. As Peter and the rest said, where can we go – He has the words of eternal life. He is the fountain of life. He is our song of joy. he is the One who loved us first. How could we leave Him? If you feel your grip on faith slipping, look to Him – He is the author and finisher fo your faith. Cry out to Him. I do not pretend to know what has caused you to come to such a dreadful place that you consider such a thing. But I hope you do not step over that threshold ever…
If God is love, and Scripture says He is, then to reject God would be to reject love.
Christianity is a community too. < Here, Wayfarer gives some suggestions of churches in the Melbourne area. >
This I believe and agree with.
And now, some more thoughts about having a relationship with Christ and the ability to come into that relationship:
In the Calvinist/Reformed tradition, there is the idea that God saves whom He will save. It has all been predestined. This is quite different from the Evangelical position of having to make a personal decision for Christ. In the Reformed view, there is such a thing as someone not being able to be saved because he isn’t one of the elect. So, I guess for those damned people, they are not going to be able to come into that relationship either.
That’s another thought to wrestle with.
To Be Continued.