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No Matter How You Say It


The following article was submitted by Geoffrey McGillen, Senior Adult Pastor at First Baptist Church, Shelbyville.
 

 
Mastering the terminology of any discipline requires recognition, understanding, practice and then appropriate application. 
 
Religious terminology - such as eschatology, apologetics, Calvinism, etc. make most church members roll their eyes or yawn with boredom.  The terms seem far removed from the daily studies of most devotionals or life applications.  At best, when the pastor in the pulpit drops the term into a sentence, many of us jump to the conclusion that he is trying to convince us of his seminary knowledge.  At worst, he just wants to show off.  We believe, falsely, that all of that does not apply to us.
 
In the theological issues that our nation and world face, we must as Christians have the following:
  1. We need a deep, personal faith-based relationship with Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.  This relationship should be as passionate and devoted as what we as men and husbands have with our wives and families.  Baby Boomers, the "new-old", have several generations around us including The Greatest Generation, Generation X and Millenials (born 1982 or later). Do these generations see and feel our relationship with Jesus transmitted to them?  The Psalmist wrote that "He (God) is faithful to all generations."  Are we?
  2. Having read the Bible through is important, but as Boomers, do we KNOW the Bible?  When the Bible speaks about God knowing us, unlike our society's usage of the term today, intense intimacy is implied.  Are we responding to His desired intimacy with us by opening ourselves to Him?  Several previous generations have a beautiful hymn called "I Surrender All."  Do we as Boomers have such a covenant either through prayer, scripture or melody that responds to Him?  When the praying, scripture reading and music stops, do we consistently show it?
  3. Throwing around the terms I used at the beginning - eschatology, etc. - does not make anyone a better Christian.  I do understand that eschatology refers to the second coming of Christ in the "end times" and studying, practicing and using the terminology appropriately helps me to better teach the long arc of God's perfect plan.  But, that is not enough.

    I believe having a passionate relationship with Christ means when I  close my eyes on this earth for the final time, I will hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."  The terminology does not matter in those final moments at the bedside.  Trust me.