I Believe (And I Am Not Bored)

Tim Brown

READ : 1 Timothy 3:14-16

Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great . . . (v. 16)

In his letter to Timothy, St. Paul echoes an ancient creed, and he invites us to do the same. For centuries Christian believers have joined their voices to the affirmations of the Apostles’ Creed. Legend has it that it took shape at the dictation of the twelve apostles. Peter, presumably, began, “I believe in God the Father Almighty,” and all the others contributed their favorite conviction. While this lovely fifth-century legend has the ring of folklore, it at least suggests the deep and long association of this great creed with the Twelve themselves.

Many Christians today have an allergic reaction to ancient creeds and find them boring. I hope that number does not include you. Maybe these words by Dorothy Sayers, a contemporary of C. S. Lewis, could help: “It is not true that dogma is ‘hopelessly irrelevant’ to the life and thought of the average man. What is true is that ministers of the Christian religion often assert that it is, present it for consideration as though it were, and, in fact, by their faulty exposition of it make it so” (Dorothy Sayers in Creed and Chaos, p. 50).

Join me in thinking deeply and eagerly about the things that Christians believe.

PRAYER

Give us courage, O Lord, to say what we believe and believe what we say.