This post begins with a prayer for the earth offered by Unity that was placed on Facebook by my cousin Nate Lehman.
In my last post I identified the concept of radical inquiry. Radical inquiry is illustrated by three overlapping circles with questions. The question in the top circle is “Who am I?” I have tried to reveal who I am on this website by posting My Faith Journey, My Political Pilgrimage and Heritage, a Fantasy Sermon and other pages listed on the black ribbon under the banner.
In those pages I may not have given enough credit to my father. He influenced me in many ways. He was a pastor, evangelist, and Bible teacher. I do not always follow my father’s views, but I admire his spirit. He called teachers of views unlike his own as “my brothers.” (Am I my father’s brother?) In that spirit he worked with those whose beliefs and practices were more liberal or more conservative than his own. He told me that he learned early that God answered the prayers of women whose heads were uncovered. Full of grace and truth, he passionately followed Jesus.
The church does not need to believe what my father (or I) believe, but it does need his attitude toward others. The Anabaptist Renewal circles appear to be on the right way. They introduce themselves by their commitments. Their second commitment is to be full of His grace and truth as they passionately follow Jesus.
The first disciples of Jesus passionately loved and followed Jesus, but they did not always understand him. Sometimes they stood in his way. The disciples rebuked the people who brought little children to sit on his lap for his blessing. The disciples ask Jesus to send away the Canaanite woman whose daughter needed help. Jesus commended her for her great faith.
If today’s disciples are full of His grace and truth, how passionately will they follow Jesus if he embraces persons who are LGBTQ? Pink Mennos? Signers of a letter that called for the church to be governed by love instead of by law?
Will the Circles dare to follow Jesus and embrace those who don’t wear pink or sign letters, but who take a silent (sometimes noisy,) variant position? Or knowledgeable persons who believe scientific evidence rather than a literal interpretation of the Bible? Or uninformed persons who choose to ignore the claims of science for a too simple faith that asks no question?
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