Friday, April 23, 2010

Our Common Faith!

Are you reading aloud the gospels, yet? Are you reading aloud the gospels?

I can hear you. I hear the same words.

Are you reading the gospels?

I am reading the same words.

Are you following Jesus? I am right beside you.

Are you following Jesus? Have you followed Him to the cross yet? See him there!

I am standing right next to you.

The centurion sees the suffering of Jesus, he hears the anguish, and he smells the stench of death.

Are you standing at the foot of the cross? I am standing right next to you. In the suffering of Jesus, in Jesus Himself the centurion saw the Son of God. Do you see Him? I am looking at the same One.

We may have our “big tents” or our “small tents”. While all of our differences are interesting and even necessary, while we understand all the problems with the different ideas, dogmas, world-views, and perspectives, while we may not even like each other at times, I invite you all to my “big tent”. In my big tent, in essence, Christianity is not some eternal idea, or dogma, or world-view. In my big tent, Christianity is a message and way of salvation, the all-determining significance of a historical figure, Jesus the Christ.

Do you not want to join me in my big tent? That is alright. I am still standing. Still seeing. Still hearing. Still smelling. At the foot of the cross.

At the foot of the cross there is no tents, no fences, no circles, no boundaries. I am here…..are you? I am at the foot of the cross? Are you?

I can see you at the foot of the cross and there in the suffering face of Christ, I see God. I look over and there you are and again I see the face of God.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for participating in the Big Tent Synchroblog.

    I hope you are able to participate in the upcoming synchroblog "Christians and The Immigration Issue"

    Here's the info:

    CHRISTIANS AND THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE - 9/8/2010 (second Wednesday of the month) As Congress debates how to handle undocumented aliens already within U.S. borders and how to more effectively handle hopeful immigrants in the future, Christians will need to consider what it means to love these new neighbors in our midst.

    Please email your name, name of blog, title of post and link to: Sonja Andrews at by close of business CST on 9/7/2010 if you would like to be included in this synchroblog.

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