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.

Taking a Break, for Faith Exploration

Dear Everyone,
I’m going to be taking a break from my blog, as I figure out my beliefs with the Trinity. I’m looking forward to attending Saturday Lutheran services this May and Summer. It is only in the Lutheran church where I’ve felt the Trinity made complete sense, as all members of the Trinity were recognized and appreciated and prayed to, not just Jesus.

I’ll come back to the blog sometime soon. Not sure when – hopefully this summer.

Alleluia and Amen on Christ being Risen! He is a Savior who was, who is, and who is to come.

I’m still Disciple of Christ, but I need to nourish my faith completely.

Alleluia and Amen.

My Mission as an Orthodox Unitarian

Hi everyone,
I am, as I call it, an Orthodox Unitarian. This means I believe Heavenly Father to be the one God, who is Spirit, and Jesus is His Beloved Son. But with that, Jesus is the face and way to the Father, in the Old Testament, New Testament, and these days. As we acknowledge God the Father as God Almighty, we must know that Jesus is intricately interconnected with the Father on some sort of different level. I’m not sure whether its spiritual or by essence or whatever, but I must acknowledge that God and Jesus are intertwined. As Jesus tells us in John 14:5-14, He is the way, the truth, and the life, and anyone who speaks to Jesus has spoken to God the Father, and that anything asked of Jesus in his name, Jesus will do for the glory of the Father.

This means that my next faith mission is to grow closer to Christ as I acknowledge God the Father. I cannot ignore God in favor of Jesus, but I cannot ignore Jesus, as he is the face of God. I must acknowledge the Son for the Father’s glory.

This post is in response to my recent faith crisis, and also to a sermon about Jesus being “God descending to Earth” in church today. While I believe Jesus to be God’s face/representative and having descending from Heaven, he is NOT God to me. He is the Son of God.

And as I grow in my relationship with Jesus, I remind myself that I must give this religious freedom to my future children, so that they are free to believe in the Trinity or not when they are older.

Amen.

Thanks, Leigh Todd

New Blog – Describing Faith!

Hi everyone,
I just wanted to let you know that I have created a new blog for my faith called The Orthodox Unitarian Faith. It’s still in it’s infancy, but its my way of evangelizing my faith and spreading the Unitarian word!

It’s at orthodoxunitarian.wordpress.com!

Hopefully by this summer I’ll have my own domain for it!

Thanks so much for the listening and everything. And sorry I deleted my last post – I regret that (the post was about my dance with the Trinity), so that’s pretty crappy. I just was getting attention from trinitarians because they thought I was converting to the Trinity! Nope! I’m still my Unitarian self, and now I want to evangelize!

I’ll still blog here, but this will be my personal blog! Here, I’ll give life updates, sermons, and testimonies of Heavenly Father, Jesus, and God’s Holy Spirit!

Thanks,
Leigh Todd

Proper 16: Covenant between God and Us, Meaning Being the Church

BetheChurch-Logo2Hi everyone,

Today marks another Sunday of me not going to church.  While I miss communion, I don’t miss singing songs on how Jesus is God or listening to a alarmingly conservative sermon.  I’ve been enjoying sleeping in during my Home Church Sundays, so this Sunday is no different.

In John 6:56-69, Jesus concludes his synagogue speech about how he is the bread of life, and all that feed on him will obtain Eternal Life.  But people are confused and many of his disciples leave him!  Then Jesus looks to the twelve disciples, and asks “Do you also wish to go away?” I imagine in this part that Jesus is heart-broken, yet Peter answers in earnest: ‘”Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God,”‘ (John 6:66-69).

There are times when we are asked to believe and walk in the light of God.  Jesus, in this speech of his body as the bread of life, asks us to have faith and to continue that faith.  And from what we can learn from our other readings, Jesus’ body and blood are the symbols of God’s new Covenant with Israel (and later Gentiles).  In 1 King 8, Solomon dedicates the Temple for God and reaffirms the covenant between Israel and Him.  Solomon says, “‘Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart, 24 the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand,'” (1 Kings 8:23).  God is a covenant keeper, and we are asked to be keepers of that covenant as well.  Even in Ephesians 6:10-20, we are asked to put on the Armor of God, to keep steadfast to God and Jesus.  

But what does it mean to hold fast to the Covenant we entered into at baptism?  Even on a Sunday where I have neglected the church building, I have not neglected Christ’s body, the covenant people.  I have not neglected Church as a whole.  In fact, I’d like to believe I am standing steadfast to God’s people, whether I interact with them via twitter, this blog, or Instagram.  Social media is a powerful tool to still BE the Church with others.

Being the Church means worshiping, even virtually, with other Christians.  It means serving the least of these because they are the greatest in the Kingdom.  It means reading the scriptures and listening to Worship/Gospel music.  It means checking up on people and praying with them.  Anything and everything is about being the Church.  The church is not a building – it is a people dedicated to Jesus and his teachings.

Right now, I’m planning on having prayers sessions with my Mom (a fellow Unitarian Christian) and doing some hard-core Bible study.  It means making sure my husband and my sister (and future-sister in law)’s needs are being met.  It means praying for those in need.  If I had any money, I’d donate to certain charities to help those afflicted with trouble.  We can all serve Christ, even in little ways, as we Be the church this Sunday.  It doesn’t have to be some grand way to be the Church; it could just mean private prayer and worship with ourselves or others, if we don’t have anyone of our faith near us.

I pray that you will Be the Church this Sunday, and hold fast to the Covenant with God.  Even if you can’t attend church this Sunday, find just little ways to hold steadfast to Christ and his Father.

Alleluia and Amen.

Thanks,
Leigh Todd