What Do You Believe?

You may not be belong to any church or attend regularly, but I ask you to consider what you believe?

Now I’m speaking in terms of what we have been taught, accepted, practice and teach each other in terms of religion/spirituality. This is not a criticism of the religious/spiritual or of the non-religious/non-spiritual, but one perspective addressing something that’s missing in both.

Before I go any further, understand that I’m not questioning your faith or belief in God. I am asking you to question what people who say they believe with what they do. This includes looking at yourself. The Church is not a church if it is only you, but us.

If the Church is suppose to represent the Body of Christ, then why do we continue the heinous act of crucifixion by dismembering Christ the way we have?

Consider the spiritual trauma that’s caused each time someone discriminates against someone who you perceive is not like yourself. When the church is true to its original cause it knows neither division or disunity.

If you claim to be a child of God, whatever you spiritual beliefs may be, how can you not be appalled when you see such division throughout the world? It’s not so much the world, but even considering the role the established religions continue to contribute to the world in its promotion of division. It’s like we find peace and comfort in warring against one another all proclaiming to have the absolute truth or some measure of superiority over another.

If we are to be the body of Christ, then we must be on one accord. Our propensity to cling to the comforts of our denominational doctrines, spirituality traditions, cultural segregation or religious ethics, the goal is to be one and to be receiving to all that may want to come. Instead many are content in the perception of being as one in words, but without truth.

When you see that God or whatever name you call him is not our denominations, is beyond our divisions, is not any one race, perhaps we can move beyond the narrow sectarianism that confines us to these categories.

When we come to the realization that we stop dividing ourselves with conversations of what God isn’t and engage in dialogue of what God is, perhaps we can have make spiritual progress and become united in faith. When we accept the reality that God is not a figment of our imaginations, but can accept those who believe he is, maybe we can begin to see each other for who we are above what we are. If you are to be true, you must come to realize this for yourself.

Beyond what divides us spiritually, we amazingly find ourselves divided culturally and economically in our beliefs.

A quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has remained unfortunately true to this day, at least in American society. That is the unspoken or silenced reality that segregation has been allowed to enter into the doors of the Church.

How can such a division exist in the true Body of Christ? You must face the tragic fact that when you stand at 11:00 on Sunday morning to cry out “O Lord I stretch my hand to thee,” you stand in the most segregated hour of America.

We have more unity and integration outside the church than there is in the Christian church. But somehow we are supposedly to be better. How appalling that is?

You may encounter someone who may seek to justify the inequalities on the basis of the Bible, but often do so with an inconsideration of that other commandment; Love.

So regardless of what you believe or choose not to believe I urge you to get rid of ever aspect of what divides us. In respect of what you believe, what often divides is found in what we believe. “The segregator relegates the segregated to the status of a thing rather than elevate him to the status of a person.”

The underlying philosophy of this is that we must diametrically be opposed to the underlying philosophy of what continues to divides us. I write in terms of its various connections to spirituality here, but one could expand this to other areas of what you believe.

But who am I to ask you to challenge what you believe?

I want to reiterate to anyone who may have missed it, that I’m not challenging or questioning your Faith, but asking you to challenge your measure of faith.