Again, thoughts from an expired blog, but updated…
The apostle is not afraid to tell the world that s/he believes in God, and believes God. This is the equivalent to putting a target on your back.
I know that our world claims to be spiritual. In fact, I just finished watching an old Bones re-run in which the most promiscuous of characters claims that her hook-ups are all on a spiritual level; and then she hooks up with a former lesbian lover. Yeah. Spiritual.
The world may claim to be “spiritual” but is it spiritually lost. The apostle who stands and says “I believe God” is proclaiming the lostness of the world and his/her willingness to be at odds with the world. And it is this proclamation that makes the Christian a marked man.
Decades ago, I created the “I’m OK, You’re OK Social Contract”, (taken from the title of the popular best-seller.) In this social contract, the world agrees to say that no one’s spirituality is wrong, that all beliefs are valid. Furthermore, all signatories to this social contract also agree to come to the aid of anyone whose beliefs are challenged. So the protestations of a Playboy bunny who claims a ‘deep spiritual connection with the earth’ is just as spiritually valid as that of the Dalai Lama.
An apostle of Jesus, therefore, who says that s/he believes the ancient Creed that proclaims “I believe in God” is telling the world that all faux-faiths are just that: false. And, by Billy Bedamned Hangtree, that upstart needs to be taken down, removed, so that the mutual self-congratulatory affirmations may continue undisturbed by having to confront the inconvenient truth of a real God.
But the apostle, so inconvenient to the world, doesn’t care. His/her head, heart and life are set on Heaven, not the approbation of the world. Keith Green said it best in one of his songs: “I pledge my head to heaven for the gospel.”
Jesus said that we are to take up our cross and follow Him. Modernized, that would equate to being willing to put your head in the noose daily for Christ. When we say, “I believe in God,” we are putting our heads in the noose and pledging our heads to heaven.