Is the Pope and my Pastor Right? The New Evangelization

This past Sunday, our pastor was teaching on the ‘hope which was within us.’

NLTĀ  1 Peter 3:15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

NRSĀ  1 Peter 3:15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you;

Oddly enough, as he was preaching this, I began to recite the Apostle’s Creed – just before he said that it shouldn’t be a list of ‘I believes’. I’m not going to say that I was deflated, but I was deflated. I still like my intellectual faith, summarized by the Apostle’s Creed, and find that it does help to articulate my essential beliefs. What it doesn’t do, however, and it was something he was speaking it, is to explain why I believe something. Why do I have the hope which I do?

Why would people, like those in Columbia, convert when they would face even death?

Pope Benedict, on Friday, spoke about Christian living as Christians, and not just on special occasions. He also spoke about the indifference to the Christian faith. I find that Christians are actually, many times, the most indifferent to the Christian faith. Anyway, the two thoughts, from Sunday, and from the Pope, connected in my head.

It happens…



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2 Replies to “Is the Pope and my Pastor Right? The New Evangelization”

  1. I would say that thinking in terms of a set of “I believe” statements is not so much a problem as long as you have a proper perspective on what the word believe means.

  2. Interesting. Preaching on the same verses, I went immediately to the creeds in the pulpit as the explanation. This is the hope – that Father, Son and Spirit are reigning and not anyone else. I did add that those are church-y words and we might have to translate them as part of gentleness and respect for the person asking, but still, what those creeds express is our hope.

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