The Source of the River

The source of the ancient Christian river is Jesus. We acknowledge the source in order to keep Christian faith real. We never step into the same river twice; the river is always changing.[1] But, the source of the river doesn’t change: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrew 13:8). As long as we name Jesus as the source of the Christian river, we can forge ahead through the Twenty-first Century and beyond. If we’re not rooted in Jesus, then we stand in a different river and should call our faith by a different name.

When Christianity drifts further and further from its source, importing a little of this and a little of that, it becomes new age. These shifts from Christianity’s source will eventually lead to the river drying up. And if the banks of the river cave, so will many values buoying up society, most important of which is compassion, which jumps off the pages of the Gospels.

[1] In the Gospels Jesus never heals the same way twice.


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