Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Inside or Out?

Growing up, i was pretty sure i was a liberal Christian. I believed in Jesus, a correct and healthy way to live, and i BELIEVED that i was in the right.

After leaving home and changing country, i found that what i BELIEVED was a lot more shaky. When a faith leaves the context of culture, you can suddenly find yourself in unfamiliar territory. Without the framework of culture, many of the things i had understood as 'faith' were quite clearly not.

sexual sin, alcohol, drugs, and eating dos and don't were all up in the air.

I'm sure that some people would say that my faith was being tested. I saw it as my faith being matured.

All my life i'd been trying to live a Christian life without much practical living thrown in. I didn't have to think about issues except to apply a Bible verse to them. It didn't much matter of the Bible verse and the practical application were ridiculous, I knew i'd done everything i was suppose to. But as my faith matured, i began to see that the brain i was given was not there for decoration. Turns out that my belief system should be practical as well as God-centred.

But practical faith is a lot more difficult to practice than simple Bible faith. For one thing, you've got a lot more thinking to do.


SugarPuff said...


Della said...

I read an article yesterday on Adventist Review by Strobel and he mentioned "Greeting Card Christians" in it - people who have just the greeting card kind of knowledge of God/Christianity/etc and haven't gotten too deep into thinking or studying about it (and often can't provide answers).

In some ways, I think everyone has that stage at some point or another, though, where it's just a take-it-at-face-value part of life. Questioning and looking deeper is just part of maturing, so better late than never I guess... ;)

Plus reassessing things now and then can't hurt.