Thoughtless Faith

3 Apr

Thoughtless faith does not exists in Christianity.  If you don’t want to examine your faith or think through the history of God’s relationship with God’s creation, then you are not engaging in a faith journey.  Only consider all the times that Jesus is said to be teaching about the Kingdom of God is coming near.

The next three passage are very similar.  They tell the story of the first apostles teaching about the who Jesus of Nazareth was and how he fulfilled the sacred scriptures of the Jewish faith.

Friday,  Study in the evangelistic enterprise

Acts 17:1-3    After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days argued with them from the scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you.”

Acts 17: 10-12   10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing.

Acts 19:8-10    He entered the synagogue and for three months spoke out boldly, and argued persuasively about the kingdom of God. When some stubbornly refused to believe and spoke evil of the Way before the congregation, he left them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.

I think of our churches that more and more emphasize “transformational experience” as the primary goal of a worshiping church.  Yet, without study, learning, being grounded in our story of faith, then even wonderful worship experiences become a flash in the pan.  They do not last or sustain us in our relationship with the Divine.   I think sometimes people sit in the pew year after year and wonder why their faith doesn’t feel stronger.  I think it is because Christianity was never meant to be a thoughtless faith; it was born in the scriptural history and grows through the thirst to learn more about what is the breath and length and height and depth of God’s grace for our lives and for our world.  Peace

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