Christ is Lord over ALL. I’d like to end there, however I think we fail to understand that Christ is Lord over EVERYTHING. and EVERYTHING we do should be done for Christ. ALL that we have is His. ALL that we own is thank to Him. ALL glory and honor are to be directed toward Christ. EVERY man, woman and child bears His image. EVERY animal and plant and cloud formation has come about by His hand. This world belongs to Him. And thus EVERYTHING we do should honor Christ. Thus every action we engage in is guided by Him. Every choice we make from what we eat, to who we vote for, to how we drive, to what we wear, to how we act are ALL tied to Christ’s dominion. we are free in Christ. but we are to know that the time and place that we have been born into are by his directive. give thanks to Christ for he has given you everything you need to succeed in the plan he has marked out for you. and as the title implies, He is the ruler over all things related to life – home, work and worship – and thus there is no distinction over Christ’s involvement in ALL things secular and sacred. it is then a matter of our own perceptions. we make the choice to separate out Christ’s engagement into our lives—He is lord over my life when I’m at church and at my Bible study; He is not lord of my work life or my recreational life. that is not so. Jesus Christ is master over ALL aspects of our lives whether we believe or whether we do not. Christ is Lord of ALL. Ruler over EVERYTHING. He is God which encompasses all things we deem “secular” and “sacred.” ultimately everything is “sacred”—family, work, church, school, politics, art, sports, etc—all reflect the majesty and creativity of a living God.
I’m reading tony jones’ book “The New Christians” and nodding my head a lot. I wouldn’t necessarily brand myself as emergent – but certainly have been a fly on the wall of that conversation for some time. Was scouring YouTube yesterday and quite disappointed at the commentary against the emergents. whatever happened to the plank in our own eyes? What ever happened to let he who has not sinned cast the first stone? It was particularly disconcerting to see a roundtable discussion with three well-known reformed evangelical celebs (two of which I had previously held in high regard) crying foul of the emergent movement. I could not help but think of the pharisees in Matthew 15 asking, “Why do your disciples bread the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.” I think too of the instance where Christ calls Matthew and he enjoys a meal and conversation with tax collectors and sinners much to the chagrin to the Pharisees. Like the pharisees, our evangelical leaders today put far too much weight in its traditions and its own vain philosophies and fails to see that some who are wearing the emergent movement are merely seeking to live out the Gospel—in particular Collosians 2:6: “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” From what I see emergents seek to live out Colossians 3:15 as well, letting “the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.” How can the church universal ever come together united as one body if we continuously attack each other? That is the enemies delight, for if we attack each other we do his work for him.
They come together out of common convictions. The love of company. Coffee. Discussion about films and books. Some because of faith…or lack of. Some to garden. Others to volunteer to serve the broader community which surrounds the neighborhood in which they typically cluster. Those who embrace Christ have began to meet on Sundays to sing praise, read from scripture, pray, worship. Community has come about not because someone determined it must. “Church” has taken a loose form not because there was a planter who sought to bring forth “church” from the soil, but because a seed had landed by happenstance and a church had emerged.
In Christ we are not shackled or restrained. Quite the opposite. We are freed from the bondage to the flesh. is it natural then to desire forms of restraint? Why do we seek to create our own rules for salvation? “You are only saved if…” statements. “You certainly cannot be saved because you…” statements. And the extra-biblical rule books that dictate restraints.
I’ve been toying with this idea of “Fair Trade Faith.” A relationship between Christian teachers and leaders and believers that is mutually beneficial to the Kingdom of God. A definition (borrowing from the Wikipedia post for “Fair Trade”) might be construed to look something like this:
Fair Trade Faith is a spiritual partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in Christ. It contributes to sustainable spiritual development by offering better conditions for discipleship, and securing salvation for God’s chosen. Fair Trade Faith Organizations (a.k.a. churches), backed by believers, are engaged actively in supporting pastors, awareness raising (a.k.a. evangelism and outreach) and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of traditional churches.
I’m playing with this as it would related to notions of “Organic Community” of Christians. Even the notion of a church coming about it an organic fashion.