Today, a friend passed along a couple of sourceless yet memorable quotes about conversion and the idea that being a Christian is about Jesus being our “personal” saviour (I’ve reflected a bit on the language of “personal relationships” with Jesus before here). Given that Mennonite Brethren issues have been on the menu here over the last little while, and given that the early MB’s were very interested (perhaps at little too interested?) with issues of personal conversion and assurance of salvation, I thought these would be worth passing along:
When asked if Jesus Christ was his “personal saviour,” a monk replied with a smile, “No, I like to share him.”
…our being saved does not have to do with an isolated instant of conversion, and its central benefit is not simply our being delivered from hell. The most traditional understanding of salvation is one that recognizes our moving toward and into a continuously thickening reality…The miracle has very little to do with the popular notion of ‘dying and going to heaven’ and has far more to do with finally living.