by Rev. Lynn Sullivan
Romans 4: 1-12
As new churches are being formed, the argument always comes up, who is justified, who is saved, who is righteous and who is blessed. Does one have to return to the practices around Abraham in order to be part of the church? Is there a way to be accepted today? The UCC slogan reminds us:
No matter who you are or where you are in your journey in life, you are welcomed here.
Paul’s letter to the Romans addresses this very issue. Paul reminds us, “The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.”
The promise of being children of God does not come through rules and regulations, but comes through righteousness of faith. Let us be reminded that all we need is a desire to follow Christ.
Righteous God, thank you for accepting me as I am, and receiving me because I desire to know you. I will continue on my journey mindful that you are beside me every step of the way. Amen