God is still speakingFor some or many of you that phrase may seem like a no brainer but it was not always that way for me. In many ways I was raised to believe that God had already said everything that was to be said, it was contained in one place and our role was simply to straighten up and get in line.
Thankfully, by the grace of God, I've expanded my thinking a great deal over time. If God was actually finished speaking then we, as the church, would still be using the Bible to justify inequality on a number of subjects. Think about what the church at one time believed was "God's" position on slavery, divorce & remarriage, the submission & silence women and more. This list could really get long. But, while generally the last to arrive at the dance, the church slowly heard God speaking and at least changed a number of views once thought unchangeable.
I've become committed to that phrase, God is still speaking. It really resonates with my soul. It excites me because I know He has more to say to me and to the church. I have more to learn. I have more aspects of my thinking to change. I’m in process and on a journey where God’s truth is being unfolded along the way. I want to listen and truly hear.
I've learned that God doesn't speak through just one means or only one voice. God is as diverse as the universe. You just never know when God will turn your world view on some subject upside down. God is always out in front of us. Yes, it’s humbling to know you really are not that smart but it is an extremely hope filled feeling to know that you serve a God who is both now and future. God is light and as we come to see the light it is incumbent upon us to change.
I sincerely want to be a relational part of a group of people who value that phrase and I trust you do as well. Actually it is much more than a phase. It may be the most important tenant in how you view our faith.