I know my dad’s last sermon was different from what we normally hear in church. He had some unusual ideas that appear to stray from mainstream Christianity. But I believe his emphasis was still on keeping Christ as one’s center, and that is the most fundamental belief we can hold as Christians. You might agree or disagree with my dad’s non-conventional message, but I believe his message communicates something deeper than first meets the eye.
I think my dad’s message suggests that we can turn both our hearts and minds over to God. This is a fairly common sermon, for sure, but where my dad steps outside of the box is that he believed that God has already given everyone the ability to complete that task. From his view, God is working in each and every one of us to reveal the perfection of Christ in us, not only in our time, and from our perspective, but in His time, and by His plan.
My dad believed in “Universal Salvation.” He didn’t believe we should separate individuals by religion, culture, or denomination. He believed that Christ was within every human being. He believed that in the end, God would redeem all humankind. I know this is a hard idea to grasp from a traditional Christian point of view. I’m not ready to call myself a “Universal Salvationist,” but I will admit that I am open to that possibility. After all, it’s God choice as to how and when He will reveal His will to each and every one of us, and for all of His creation.
Thanks for reading this series. If nothing else, I hope my dad’s words stimulated thought. I hope he may have opened minds to the possibilities that can exist with God. Next Tuesday, I’ll begin a series on something more practical and intimidating: Public Speaking.