A Must Read on “Born Again”

19 02 2008

As one of my Lenten disciplines, I wanted to really focus on the Epistle readings from Romans when writing my lectionary reflections.  I was really looking forward to exploring what St Paul was saying when he said in Romans 4 (emphasis mine)

For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his [Abraham’s]  descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

We believe in a God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.   A God who not only calls into existence “things” such as the earth, sky, trees, animals and so on, but life where there is death.  Love where there is hate.  Faith where there is confusion.  Light out of darkness.

This would also be a good lead in into talking about a phrase which causes most progressive Christians to have apoplectic fits, a phrase out of our Gospel reading, and that phrase is “born again.”  Or you could translate it “born anew” or “born from above.”

When I stumbled across Sheila’s gem over at Good News in the Wilderness, I realized she was saying things much more eloquently than I ever could.   THIS is a gifted preacher.  Please check it out.



2 responses

19 02 2008

While “coming out” itself is not necessarily a spiritual experience, for me it was a dramatic experience in taking a “dive” into the loving arms of our creator, and being “born again” is the only apt descriptor. Life began anew, and has never been the same — Not because of being “out”, but rather truly living what I knew to be true.

19 02 2008
Reverend boy

I remember what it was like when it all just made sense and came together … I know exactly what you mean!

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