Giving Birth to Faith

A topic of conversation around the coffee table many nights in our house over the past few years has been the folks on Facebook that spout scripture and “inspirational” comments as their status. As you probably know, we don’t tend to swing the way of the Bible thumping in our house. We find the practice quiet irksome.

We noted that often these individuals are folks one of us went to high schools/college with who weren’t Jesus fan boys. In fact, they were the complete opposite of Jesus fan boys. Then they had kids and the Jesus luvin came on. Full blown Jesus luvin too. It goes beyond Facebook statuses. We are talking in the church every time the doors are open, members of the various auxiliaries, shopping at “Christian” establishments, the whole shebang.

Interesting. It also has happened in enough cases that there has to be something to it. We were flummoxed for years as we watched the otherwise normal people turn into faithful members of the religious right.

I think I get it now. While I feel no compulsion to post scripture as my Facebook status, go to church five times a week, join an auxiliary, or limit my social and economic circle to those who proclaim to be “Christian”, I think I get it. I just don’t intend to jump off the cliff like these folks. Everything in moderation. But after all these years, I think I get it.

Prior to having a child, this whole Jesus, God, Holy Spirit thing you really do have to take on Faith. And faith…well that is a hard thing to let yourself experience. Taking something to heart and living your life by it with no tangible proof that it even exist, we just aren’t hard wired for that.

But when you have a child you no longer have to take anything on faith. You are holding the precious proof of something marvelously greater than yourself, however you choose to define it, right there in your arms.

It’s not about… making sense. It’s about believing in something. And letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It’s about faith. You don’t fix faith, River. It fixes you. – Shepard Book

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