As a preposition RE stays at the forefront of our conversations; but in our language RE takes on a new but misleading definition, “to take back, or go back.” RE takes on a persona of erasing something previously stated. However RE is defined to go deeper, and learn more about; with focus on the new but not forgetting but perhaps building on previous statements.
The stigma we experience in our culture is that when you tend to redefine, or reexamine something, it must be broken. Nonetheless this is not always the case. Sometimes its about stopping everything and saying we need to reexamine this and make sure this is right at this moment.
If growth is incurring change is expected. Let me give you a few examples. If a young couple buy a home when they get married, they are fairly young and just starting out in life, fast forward five years they both own their own business; he a contracting firm, and she a painting business out of the house. Growth is being experienced now the life around them needs to show that. They add on two additions to their home, two separate offices, why, was the house not good enough for them? No, they needed to expand to continue growing. Life was moving and they needed to catch up.
Life is moving and we would be ignorant to just stand still rather than move with it. Rebuilding on the concepts and teachings of Christianity is not a way of saying someone is wrong, rather it’s about those who need to hear this “good news” we need to gain back relevancy and understanding.
Time doesn’t stand still
The bible and every message conveyed from each author’s point of view reflected his culture, upbringing, and we take into consideration whom it was written about.
For some reason, I would call stubborn many of those who lead churches don’t want to say that some of the Old Testament laws and rituals were meant for a certain people in a certain place of time, because they can use some little point of text to enforce some of their beliefs. Oddly enough this is what many did to defend slavery not to many years ago.
Today we face the same dilemma; if we do not look at the bible in its historical and cultural context we will see a hundred thousand more denominations and divisions. We can stand today and look at the cultural similarities and find the absolutes and run with that. Hint, ninety nine percent of the time its love.