I read on Twitter today a story and opinion about the irrelevancy of the House of Lords in the English political system, and similarly the irrelevancy of the Church in the United Kingdom. Although our political system in Canada is not as weighed down with historical baggage as in the United Kingdom (though there is always room for reform), we can still ask the question of the relevancy of the Church in Canadian society.
Is the Christian faith and the Christian Church relevant or irrelevant to our society?
Book of Genesis: A faith that builds nations
Abraham’s faith is a faith that will give birth to nations: “I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky...”
Letter to the Hebrews: a faith that forms a people
Moses has a faith that will form a people: “by faith the people passed through the Red Sea”
Gospel of John: a faith that makes people ONE
In Jesus Christ it is revealed that all of humanity is ONE: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him”
There is a sacramental oneness in the Christian faith in the corporate participation in Holy Communion.
There is a mystical oneness experienced with God and all of humanity in the spiritual practice of mediation and contemplation.
“I am in the Father and the Father is in me, I am in you and you are in me.”
There is the TRUTH, that has developed with the evolving of the human consciousness“...In the fullness of time..” and that is fully revealed in the Christ event.
That truth is that we all share the ONE DIVINE LIFE.
As we come to this awareness, the baptismal promise to “respect the dignity of all people” takes on new meaning.
Our faith is not only for personal wholeness - though it is that.
Our faith is designed for the transformation of society.
Our faith is about building nations and peoples that are free and equal.
The Christian faith provides the principles and foundation on which the Canadian Constitution is built upon.
As our own heart and mind is changed by the Gospel of Relational Love - that we are made to be aware of being loved and loving God and neighbour - we become part of the process of the transformation of our society and world.
There is nothing more meaningful and relevant than personal and relational transformation. It is at the heart of the human experience. It is at the heart of the Christian Gospel. It is at the heart of the Church's mission.
Is the Church relevant in today's society? You better believe it is!