“I Believe:” A Confessional Response To NC Amendment 1
In the wake of the North Carolina Amendment formally defining marriage as between a man and a woman, I find myself wondering how we as Christians continue to find it difficult to imagine how God might transform and make things new, be revealed in surprising (even scandalous ways). I wonder if the answer to these questions is always such a radical either or. I wonder if we might begin to pray to a God who, in revelation, points us to new possibilities, but also picks up the pieces of what we were. In the midst of this all I can imagine saying is a confession, some words not about who we are or what marriage is, but who God is. What follows is a confessional response that I hope might be a different starting point.
We believe in a God whose very Word turned darkness into light.
We believe in a God who made clay breathe and speak and move.
We believe in a God whose name could not even be voiced, and then allowed himself to be named and nursed and taught by a teenage girl.
We believe in a God whose back burned the face of Moses, but became a face, a body that ate and wept and laughed and cried and died.
We believe in a God who made fisherman into linguists.
We believe in a God who made the lost found.
We believe in a God who makes death into life.
We believe in God who brought eternity into time.
We believe that three can be one and that one can be three.