Faith is opening oneself up to interpretation. Laying your whole being and existence of the line in order to interpret
the who of oneself
the why of existence
the where to now of being
These interpretations are done, usually, using a text, speaking from the Presbyterian perspective that text is the Bible, followed by the Confessions of faith and the Book of Order (our rules/discipline/consistituational documents)
But opening ourselves up to interpretation means being open to the interpretations varying, and interpretations themselves to change, because GOD is not a static being.
Consistent and faithful–God can be counted on.
Generally most people think God does not change, altho this does little for the times in scripture when God changes God’s mind (go figure).
But I say, if God can change God’s mind so can we.
If God is not static, neither should our faith.
If something is not growing, its not alive, we want a lively faith, we need to be growing in our interpretation and our understanding.
I have learned so much, by listening closely to all those people whose faith is especially different than mine. To my one best friend who never was churched but has a strong sense of God and Jesus. To my other best friend who was raised more Pagan than anything else and has a strong sense of the Greek & Roman Mythos of the world.
To my siblings all of whom are millennials, none of whom attend church regularly.
To all the fellow-clergy on twitter & Facebook who are feeling our way through social justice issues and the state of the world.
To my LGBTQUIA community who can interpret scripture in ways that are beyond my ken as a hegemonic individual.
To my brown sibs and and black sibs who are empowered, loving and honest in ways that need to be heard.
Here I am, open to interpretation, and my faith informs that, and the scriptures equally are being interpreted and re-interpreted.
And I read the Bible, and that is Canon, but I read the other texts too, Langston Hughes and Madeline L’engle, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Malala Yousafzai, Elias Chacour, and so much more.
If you are asking a questions of faith, be sure to be open to interpretation, hard as it is.
For you know, that’s the kind of faith that will change you.