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26 June 2012

An inseparable & unsegregated faith

Inseparable: Incapable of being separated, parted, or disjoined

Unsegregated: NOT separated or isolated from others or from a body, group or from the rest of society.

Rebuttal: Very true. However, one's faith is never the issue. It's his religion which causes divide.

I've never once found that the genuine outplaying of the Christian faith "Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" to be anything but a wonderful and encompassing thing. They are the things poets and prophets cry out for on the entire secular/spiritual spectrum and yet God identifies them as "The fruit of the spirit." I remember the old Rich Mullins song "The Creed" where he says,

"I did not make it... it is making me"

I've been thinking about just how inseparable and unsegregated a faith in God is from the rest of life's applications. The only reason people felt like it had to be, was that the fruit of the true Spirit of God wasn't coming out in everyday life causing "issues" with being able to function in real life in the real world.

Rebuttal: I always though religion/faith was something one kept to oneself and drawn upon when needed, not a vehicle where you needed to pound upon ones chest to declare how lucky you were that you were religious.

I believe it to be neither of those. It's like discovering the source of life in a treasure chest, swallowing a jar of life-juice and feeling it surge through your veins and seeing the world become beautiful... knowing that you'll never see it all the same again... and you'd love to share this miracle with as many as your can through "Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control". Daily BEING with God is not a secret weapon... it's what shapes the motive of your every moment.

Paul Simon wrote a word picture in his song "The Obvious Child" of:

"The Cross is in the Ballpark"

... as if to say that it's the looming, inescapable and lasting reality that hangs supreme in every (even the banal) moments of life.

I've seen this cross when I wake up to brush my teeth.
I can see when I drive to work.
I can see it when I interact with my co-workers... lurking over their shoulders so I can always see it.

I can see this when I nap on my lunch break.
I can see it when I get home to a wild house.
I've even see it at the actual ballpark... the beautiful ballpark.

You cannot segregate or separate the very thing that makes you move.

"The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn't live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn't take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don't make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him! One of your poets said it well: 'We're the God-created.'"

Paul the Apostle in the Book of Acts 17:24-29

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