Fourth Monday of Advent

In today’s reading, Rohr highlights the commonalities of the major world religions, and how contemplation and “transformed consciousness” is one of them.  
 
I affirm that as followers of Christ we are called to love those who believe differently than we do.  This love includes treating others with respect and dignity.  It also means that we can affirm our common beliefs and practices.  This is important in a day whereby we are dealing with radical forms of jihadist Islam among other world challenges.
 
But loving people of other religions does not entail that all the religions are the same or that they all have a common goal.  As Christians, we believe that there is a king of kings.  We believe that our Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father.  We believe that he will return and that EVERY knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.  It is not arrogant to believe this, and it doesn’t mean that we think we are better than anyone else.  It simply is to honor God for who he is and to remember the status and power of Jesus - in whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given.  
 
The end-goal of the church that Jesus breathed his Spirit into is not to simply join other religions for some greater goal called “union” or “world peace” or even a “new history”.  The end-goal of the church is to be followers of a Jesus who will execute his justice (making things right) to the nations upon his second visitation to the earth.  
 
Let us worship THIS king this Advent season. 

Grace and Peace,

Bailey