AFFIRMATIONS FOR 21ST CENTURY CHRISTIANITY
1.THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS FOUNDED ON THREE PRIMARY CALLS WE SEE THROUGH JESUS;
To love God, to love our neighbor, and to love ourselves.
2.THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS OUR WAY OF BEING FAITHFUL TO GOD. BUT IT IS NOT THE ONLY WAY.
Christianity is the truth for us. But it is not the only truth.
This principle stems from the reality of the 21st century. We share our lives with people who are Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist. We experience these people as loving and caring by following their religious traditions. To deny that is to deny that God can only draw people with one way. That simply isn’t born out in our experience.
The power of the Christian faith to transform lives does not require it to be exclusively true. Exclusivity is born out of fear. The fear that there is one train to God and if you aren’t on the right train, you’ll go to hell. We believe there are many trains and God welcomes them all.
3. LOVE OF GOD INVOLVES ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE, NOT JUST HUMAN LIFE.
Care of the Earth and its eco-systems is an expression of Christian faith and stewardship.
This principle stems from our ever-widening understanding of climate change and influence our “carbon footprint” has on the quality of the air, water and soil. Science and religious faith are friends – each informs the other. Wisdom and insight from both are essential for Christian faith.
4. LOVE OF NEIGHBOR MEANS EXTENDING KINDNESS AND CARE...
To those in our family and in our local and global communities.
Further, love of neighbor includes affirmation of immigrants, people of other faith traditions, the LBGTQ community, and even those who are enemies.
5. LOVE OF SELF MEANS ENGAGING IN SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
Worship, prayer, music, study of the Bible and other literature feeds the mind, heart and spirit.
Love of self also includes giving time for rest, recreation, nurturing friendship, a healthy diet and physical exercise. Love of self requires humility and humor.