Credo #23: The significance

Posted: April 7, 2012 in Credo

(Run-on sentence alert! 🙂 )

If you have come out of established Christianity of one sort or the other as a child; you may have been impregnated,so to speak; through and through with a kind of legalistic urgency about matters of faith as they were understood so by those who raised you or who taught you – or both. The meta-theme that gets impressed into your thinking is something like “God is significant, and so other things are not.” When a college mega-ministry that has since collapsed was committing acts of spiritual tyranny by telling its members things like “language study is temporal, but bible study is eternal” they were exhibiting an extreme example of this kind of behavior. A church that boots you for asking questions about tithing rather than answering your questions honestly and resting in this does the same; as would be a church that sends you away for not complying with a church mandated “courtship” scheme in which various elders presume to speak for who should be spending time with whom. By their actions they are essentially letting the cat out of the bag: That they want your relationship to be with the “body” – i.e. their ministry — rather than with Christ.

The take-away: The real truth is closer to this: Because God is real and can be an active partner in your ongoing story, everything is significant.

Other related Credos: #64 and 65

  1. Eimi says:

    Indeed. Halfway through my college term I realized that “putting God first” was not a good perspective for me to have, for similar reasons as the ones you stated above. Instead, when I “put God into everything,” so to speak, I was no longer confused about what sort of things were worth my time.

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