Thanks so much to the notes some of you leave, both privately and publicly on the blog. I appreciate Mark’s comments on Luther and Reformation for several reasons… whether or not he meant for them to be taken this way! When I think of the major differences in the approaches of the different era’s, I must try and view through the eyes of Catholic tradition, political religion, and a world of confusion.
The effort of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and countless others was vital in a re-approach to the Christian faith. While I believe the ages have been scattered with God’s faithful disciples, there no doubt must have been deep, dark ages for the Church for close to 1000 years. So what would the Father have us do? Re-create the Church? How can we possibly sort out the abundance of years and countless perversions of truth? Can scripture alone provide us all of the answers? Does the canon of the N.T. provide every detail for our necessity? I believe it does. What I don’t believe is that it is anywhere near as specific as some would make it out to be.
The truth shall set us free. I can’t help but continue to think – as I read the Gospels, and my brother Doug’s blog – that Christ’s life must surely be as powerful a hermeneutical explanation as anything we have figured out in recent hundreds of years. I love the idea of restoring, but does it imply that we believe we can restore it? And, as LaGard Smith pointed out years ago in the Cultural Church (and more recently in Radical Religion) is it necessary for us to “restore” N.T. Christianity? Thanks for reading my ramblings… just thinking out loud. I would never presume to have all of the answers. I just hope I’m asking some of the right questions. Meanwhile, I have a life to live, and improve on. Satan attacks every day, and if you’re reading this, I ask you to pray for my continued faith and solidarity – to become more convicted daily to live like the Master.