Going Deeper 01.06.2021

The first reading for "Baptism of our Lord" Sunday... Genesis 1:1-5

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

The controversy regarding the opening chapters of the Bible seems to be gaining steam once again.  I see all sort of efforts by the good folks in the "Young Earth/Seven Day Creation" camp to scientifically 'prove' the historicity of the Biblical account(s) of creation on Facebook and other media.  And, of course, that brings about a reaction from the "God Created Through Natural Processes" camp.  I continue to enjoy considering both perspectives and have a desire to keep learning.

What I do not enjoy is the separation that can result from people in each camp concluding that they have a superior perspective and are therefore superior Christians, even in some cases outright condemning those who do not agree.  Yes, yet another case of allowing different perspectives to unnecessarily fracture and divide God's family.   This does not need to separate us!

What is necessary is that we agree on what is expressed in the First Article of the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds-- "We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator (and Owner😊of the heavens and the earth."  We can engage in discussions, and we can build our cases for where we stand, and we can even seek to disprove the other side.  But what we cannot allow ourselves to do is attack people, or to arrogantly cast them as inferior Christians because they don't agree with us.

Remember... Jesus prayed that we might "be one"-- not that we would agree about everything.

Together in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"