Peter Rollins wrote a book of reimagined parables and stories in 2009. Take a moment and listen to his story “The Orthodox Heretic”:
I love this story because for me it points out a few things of our faith that we need to be reminded of.
Faith is more than belief or law. Faith is action, it’s conversations, it’s risk, it’s acting out what you believe and testing it against what you say.
Faith is a choice. We choose to make Faith a priority or to let it go to the wayside. We choose to worship, we choose to follow Jesus. And our answer to this impacts others, not just us. As we try to model a faith we believe, other people are watching us to see if the Faith we choose, the faith we show, if that faith we proclaims shows a God worthy of our/their worship or not. Does our faith change the way we are? Does our faith provoke and pester or is it an insurance policy upon death? I think growing the church really boils down to authentic belief and action.
Finally Rollins story reminds me of Jesus. Matthew 7:24-29 NRSV
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”
If our faith doesn’t act on the calling Christ placed on it then what good is it? Are we building a kingdom for God or just us? These are provoking questions needing honest answers, even if we don’t like them.
So I encourage you to live a little more heretical, to search for the reason why. I encourage you to read the words of Jesus and let them guide your living and thinking. Challenge your beliefs, and watch how your life bears more fruit.