I admit, I love to talk about the why, who, what, how, and everything else about faith. I love digging through the Bible, trying to figure out what it means to us and to me. The book by my bedside is one of N.T. Wright’s theological works. Soon I hope to have another frantic talk with a wonderful biblical teacher, Trace James. My current writing project (or dream to write) is a theological work looking at the Gospel through a fictional, female angle which will hold to the realities of Jesus’ life as closely as possible.
Yet, I personally find myself drifting away from some of the deeper conversations of the Bible and what it is to be “Christian”. There has been debate (and war) between the Christian and Israelite “family” and those on the “outside” for thousands of years. These discussions have colored our understanding of the Bible, sometimes having us read through various colored lenses rather than with our own eyes. Our academics and professional ministers (many of whom I love for their gifts and work!) can bury themselves in words and concepts the general community cannot understand without frequent visits to Wikipedia.
The beauty of Jesus’ message was that he spoke in plain words and actions to the general public. Yes, the Gospels record that the disciples and others did not understand, but that was not because Jesus was using fancy words – the concepts were so revolutionary they could not be easily comprehended! The first testament prophets did too, often demonstrating what their message was to add emphasis and easier understanding.
How do you communicate with God? Do you use your everyday words, your dreams, feelings, images, and impressions? How do you communicate with others about God?
God, Let nothing come between you and us, especially man-made words. Amen.