Faith: Tool or Relationship
Faith – Buzzword of Christianesse
Other than Grace, Faith is perhaps the most misused and misunderstood word in the Christian vernacular.
In its common usage throughout scripture, and especially the New Testament, it simply means full, relational trust in someone.
Though “relational” is not technically part of the definition, it is part of the process!
Trust is a relational term at its core, but when it is used in the realm of the “religious” it often becomes a work and is therefore NOT relational. AS such it becomes a merit badge rather than a proof of intimacy. This is especially true when the concept of trust is represented by the word – “FAITH”.
In my life and in my preaching, I virtually never use the word faith anymore. This is because it comes with so much baggage and so many misconceptions that I feel the need to define it every time I use it. To avoid this I simply say ‘relational trust’. These words say more without further definition than does the word Faith. Furthermore, it avoids the largest obstacle to genuine trust in Christ, namely, the stigma that the word ‘Faith’ has received over the years due to Christian abuse of the word.
Relational trust (faith) comes as the result of having the character of a person revealed to you through relationship with them.
This is the tone and meaning of the word Faith as it is used in the scriptures in regards to Jesus in the heart and lives of true believers. Which is why, the relational trust we have in Him MUST come from Christ being reveal to us…
“And this proves that faith comes from a Message heard, and that the Message comes through its having been spoken by Christ.” ~ Rom. 10:17