Sunday, April 5, 2015

Understanding a Changing Christianity

by Robert C. Frank

God continues to create. The first article of the Apostles’ Creed is, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” It establishes our understanding of God as the source of all creation. When we come to the second part of the creed however, we observe a strange discontinuity. The birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus are included, but there is no mention of his life. 

As we look back from the 21st century, we can see that while his death and resurrection are extremely important, it was his life that shaped the course of history of our civilization and provided a clear and understandable connection with God’s creation. We now know that Jesus’ life was the ultimate example of servant leadership, a form of leadership that is far superior to the leadership of monarchs. It is an enabling form of leadership that leads by example and continues to create new servant leaders long after the original leader dies. Today there are over 2 billion followers of Jesus around the world working to make the lives of all people better.

Since God still continues to create, we can assume that civilization will continue to change and improve under God’s creative influence.  Those changes are occurring in the world around us today. As we look back in history, we can see that Christianity was never perfect, but tended to wander from the path that God intended. However, the death and resurrection of Jesus has become the symbol of the assurance of God’s forgiveness, so Christianity needs to acknowledge its past failures, seek God’s forgiveness, and make changes to create a brighter and more beautiful future.
Robert C. Frank
Author of Christ’s Team
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