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Our Four Words: Faith

July 9, 2017

Faith is still cool. I believe that.

 

Look around and you will see its remnants everywhere. See the way someone will honor a deceased loved one with their name and dates on their car or in a tattoo. Look at people’s tattoos. People don’t tattoo facts on their arms, but words and images they believe in. Watch the player give credit “to the man upstairs” pointing upward with his fingers before he steps on home plate. You may remember LL Cool J at the Grammy’s after reflecting on the death of Whitney Houston offering a prayer.

 

People still believe and belief is still cool. While the church has wrung its hands over the way people have assembled their beliefs like a visit to the salad bar, our culture has drifted away from the church as a place to nurture their faith. We can dissect the “why’s” about that another time, we should be encouraged that “belief” isn’t the problem when it comes to helping people find their way back to God. People want to believe and, understanding that people have a God-shaped hole inside of them that they are desperately looking to fill, we know that people can’t not believe. The real question is “what” do they believe?

 

I believe that when people pick up the plastic disposable Tupperware and approach the salad bar of life to assemble a faith, they are looking for two things that all of us are looking for:

 

1. Something secure they can hold onto when things are difficult and

 

2. Something greater than the culture that can give their life meaning.

 

For the Christian, faith touches both things and is:

 

“the rock on which we stand upon and the rock from which we take our next step”