The older that I get, the more I desire to grow in my faith and in my relationship with my Lord. As a child and even as a younger man, I thought or felt, what some who are irreligious may feel, which is that religion can be silly and simple in too many ways. I was not one for some of the emotionalism that ran in a lot of the church members on Sunday. I was not for the attention-seeking performances from those in the choir stand. And I am still not for the denominational separation and the culture- or race-based dissociation that still plagues the many in the Church today.
However, my desire to understand the God of the Holy Scriptures for myself has driven me to grow more and more committed to my faith. Also, it is no longer some simple belief system, but a complex spiritual relationship that causes me to feel valued, gives my life meaning and purpose, and drives me to love and respect my fellow human beings like the Christ – the one I serve.
Now, at the same time that I feel that my faith is this complex thing, I may simplify it with a few words or a few statements. But I dare not just live by a few simple statements to ease my obedience to my Creator, especially if my theology lacks a rich Bible-based foundation. That may be a part of the reason why so many young people grow up to leave the Christian faith: they were taught or learned some simple statements to live by and called it Christianity, while not knowing that they were being led down a heresy-paved road to apostasy.
Faith, as I am living it and seeing it, is more than words written down for the sake of memory. Faith (this Christian faith) is imaginative, it is beautiful, it gives peace, it’s fulfilling, it’s transforming, life-giving, and it is still so much more. It has appeared to me as both simple and complex. It is simple enough to just ask Jesus into one’s heart and allow Him to be Lord over your life; then, it is complex enough in that it involves every aspect of your being and existence to live in the richness of a God whose attributes are as an ocean for us to freely move in.
This Christian religion, this Christian faith – because of Jesus the Christ – is gives and gives and gives again and again and never runs out of the nourishment that one needs for joyful and peaceful living.
Thanks be to God!