"My Own Little Voice"
July 18, 2018, 11:23 AM

July 18, 2018

Dear Faith Journey Friends:

In their Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah and his colleagues
introduced us to Sheila, who described her faith as such:
"I believe in God. I'm not a religious fanatic. I can't
remember the last time I went to church. My faith has
carried me a long way. It's Sheilaism. Just my own
little voice."

This gave rise to the widespread use of "Sheilaism"
to designate the real American religion, "just my own
little voice," as the only authorative word in our lives.

While the progressive Christian and universalist part of me
seems to resonate with Sheila's religious perspective, there
is a part of me that wonders if such a perspective might
be limiting, or even self-serving.

At what point does my own little voice replace the Voice
of the Creator who speaks through her creation. I'm talking
about nothing less than revelation, that is, how does God
reveal God's Self? And isn't God's Self greater than my
own little voice as God's creature?

Take a look at the intricacies of creation itself:
the birds that sing; the trees that reach toward the heavens;
the green hills and soaring mountains;
the valleys and the plains;
the lakes and the rivers;
the great oceans pounding the shorelines;
the cry of a newborn child.
All of these things point toward a Creator
who is the very essence of Life Itself.

Perhaps that's why the psalmist declares:
"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made
them a little lower than God, and crowned them with
glory and honor. You have given them dominion over
the works of your hands . . . O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth" (Psalm 8:3-6a, 9, NRSV).

And so, maybe Someone greater than my own little voice
does really exist. How does one find and relate to such
a Being? Perhaps in praying a prayer like that of St.
Anselm of Canterbury: "Teach me to seek You and
reveal Yourself to me as I seek; for unless You instruct me
I cannot seek You, and unless You reveal Yourself I cannot
find You. Let me seek You in desiring You; let me desire You
in seeking You. Let me find You in loving You; let me love You
in finding You."

I believe there is a Voice greater than my own little voice?
The question is: Do you?


Pastor Greg Rupright

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