Monday, March 22, 2010

Lent 5 (the 6th Principle of Progressive Christianity)

Sixth Principle of Progressive Christianity
We Are Seekers & Students of Truth.
We find more grace in the SEARCH for understanding that we do in dogmatic certainty - more value in questioning than in absolutes.

Jesus said, "Seek and you will find." As progressive Christians, we aren't afraid to ask questions, nor are we arrogant enough to believe that any one tradition, book, or institution has a lock on truth. Dogma might help us feel secure, but it can also keep us from experiencing the joy of new discovery, new learning, and new revelations. Jesus, we will recall, challenged, reinterpreted, and even disagreed with the leaders of his religious tradition and he offered new insights to the tradition itself. In fact, some people even considered Jesus to be a heretic. Heresy comes from a Greek word that means "act of choosing." Jesus freely chose what he believed and how he would celebrate his beliefs. Followers of Jesus today also are free to choose. Others may call us heretics, and we can simply smile and agree. We can use reason, a variety of interpretations of scripture and tradition, as well as science, sociology, psychology, and our own creativity to explore the depths of the mystery of life. For the progressive Christian, the questions are more important than the answers, because there may always be new answers to discover and consider. We aren't here to mindlessly obey what others claim to have discovered; we are here to fearlessly and honestly seek for ourselves and to enjoy our own discoveries.

Prayer Treatment
My honest questions are leading me to new discoveries all the time. I value the search, and I give thanks for the journey. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins
Sunshine Cathedral

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