A Christian Declaration of Faith
Every Christian should make a very clear declaration of faith before the Christian community through Baptism. All who witness such a declaration before the Lord and before the church will be blessed and rejoice. All who make such a declaration will also rejoice and be blessed. Nothing is more inspiring to the gathered church than a beautiful baptism. Everyone benefits.
Every Christian should also make a declaration of faith before the watching world. Most would agree with this statement, but what is the right declaration of faith before the watching world?
Jesus described our declaration of faith before the watching world in many places in the Bible, but two very special places have always caught my attention.
One place where Jesus describes our declaration of faith is in the behaviors described in the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7. The other is in John 13: 33-35 where Jesus tells His disciples that people would know that they are His disciples by the quality of their love for one another.
Every church and denomination loves to affirm their written statements of faith. All Christian organizations have such written statements which they jealously protect and communicate. This is a good thing, but it is not the best thing.
The best thing would be for every Christian to make their daily behavior and love, as described by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and in John 13, their daily statement of faith in Jesus. Statements written on paper have value, but nothing beats continuous love with skin on!
Wouldn’t it be great if every person being baptized understood that baptism before the church is a onetime statement but their statement of faith before the watching world would need to be love with skin on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and moment by moment?
It would be a huge step forward for all churches and denominations and I think most disciples of Jesus would take the challenge if they knew it was from the very mouth of Jesus. It is.