Life Update: A Decision Has Been Made

Hi Everyone,
I’m almost done with spring semester, and this school year in general, and have been going through a whirlwind year of faith discovery.

First, I’ve discovered that I cannot repent enough to be saved, so I’ve figured out by heart that I am saved by grace and cannot lose my salvation by works. I can, however, lose salvation if I completely reject God, though. I’d have to spit in the face of God to do that. So, I’m Arminian by faith.

Second, I’ve been going back and forth on the Trinity for the past month to two months. I’m not exactly sure when I started getting interested in the Trinity, but it’s been growing on me ever since. Last week, after my last flip-flop (and confusing posts on the blog and Instagram), I decided to stick with the Trinity. I’ve now told others that I’m interested in studying it, and they are holding me accountable.

This journey with Christ is interesting, but I know the first two things to do are: Write letters to Christ about his mortal journey, and meditate on the presence and love of God in Christ. God is still God – he just came in the form of Jesus. So, the Son is also God. Trippy, but cool. I still pray to Heavenly Father, but I’ve been acknowledging Jesus as God the Son and mediator to the Father.

Now is the time to build my testimony of the God in Christ.

I’m mourning the loss of a Unitarian faith, but with each passing day, it seems to be getting better. I don’t like conservative Christianity that lacks social justice and fighting for the oppressed, though. If I’m ever going to be a trinitarian Christian, I’m going to be a progressive, open-minded, justice-fighting Christian. We are meant to love our neighbors as Christ loved us, right?

This is a strange and weird territory, but I know I can do this. I do sincerely apologize for all the flip-floppy posts on here. I’ve decided to keep them up to show my sincere faith journey.

Alleluia – Christ is Risen! Now as God became a servant on the cross for us, let us serve our fellow neighbors for God.

Amen.

Tiny Testimony: What Does Easter Have to do with Progressive Christians?

A Tiny note:

We are forgiven, from a past, present, and future sins.  This does not give us an excuse to do wrong, but to use our freedom wisely.  To do good for all.

What does being forgiven mean for progressive Christians?  It means all the hate we’ve spewed, whether on purpose or by accident, is not held against us by God in Jesus.  It means the racism, bigotry, and Islamophobia that is rampant in our country, while it will be discussed between sinful folks and Jesus at judgement, does not curse us from God’s reign.  It also means, as we celebrate Easter this Sunday, that racism and all other horrible things against others and our Earth are not the last act.  They do not have the final word.  While there is trouble, Jesus overcame the world and all its troubles, and will endow and has already endowed us with God’s Kingdom on Earth, in Heaven, and in the Resurrection.  We can never escape God’s reign if we are believers.  

If we are believers, we can have a surety of hope that death is not the end.  Death due to hatred is not the end.  Our Earth, while falling apart, will be renewed as the city of the New Jerusalem will come down.  Love has the final word.  

Love has the final word.

Happy Easter everyone! As I’ve still discovering the Trinity, I’m learning more about having a relationship with Jesus and am building my own testimony of Him.

I’m so sorry I’ve been so flip-floppy on the Trinity vs. Unitarianism, but I think I’ve made up my mind.

Alleluia.  Christ is Risen Indeed!

Amen.

Proper 13: Feeding on Christ

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Jesus is the Bread of Life.  Picture from lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/

Hi everyone,

It’s another week of Home Church, where I got to sleep in and read the Bible.  In my regular Bible reading, I’m in Matthew 25 (my favorite chapter ever!).  With this weeks’ lectionary, though, we are in the Gospel of John, chapter 6, verses 24-35.  Here, Jesus compares himself to the manna that God gave while the Israelites were wandering through the desert for forty years.  The disciples ask Jesus to give this bread of life always, and Jesus explains how he IS the bread of life:

24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which[a] comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”

35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

In essence, we must feed off Jesus.

Without that sounding cannibalistic, we must understand what this means.  In Mormonism, feeding off of Jesus means eating up his words in the Bible.  In Lutheranism, it means eating the literal body and blood (bread and wine) of Christ at communion.  In Methodism, it means accepting and feeding off the means of grace through the symbolic blood and body of Christ at communion.

But what does it mean to feed off the manna of Christ in the Disciples of Christ tradition?  It essence, two of these examples.  Communion is a time to remember Christ for his sacrifice, our pledge to follow God’s Son at Baptism, and to celebrate his glorious return.  It’s a reminder that, even though the bread and wine are symbolic, they represent so much.  They represent, for one, that we are forgiven, that Christ did the ultimate deed and made us white as snow at baptism.  So when we feed off of the symbolic bread and wine, we feed on the Good News – that we are forgiven.

We also feed off Christ’s words in the Gospels.  What Christ taught, we should emulate (such as Matthew 25 – to care for the least of these) and teach our children, such as loving God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

Lastly, especially in our tradition, we should feed on the presence of Christ.  Christ is the giver of Eternal Life, and all who come to Him he will never deny.  Whoever comes to Christ will never be spiritually hungry or thirsty.  Christ is our best friend, and we should always come to Him.  And if we ever lose faith in Christ, we are always welcomed back with open arms, even if we had sacrificed our salvation for only a little while (or 20 years)!

So feed on Christ.  Feed on his words, his symbolic supper and all that it entails, and his presence in our lives as our friend and giver of Eternal Life.  He is truly the Manna given by the Father for all who seek God and Christ!

Alleluia and Amen.

Love, Leigh Todd.