The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians writes: “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit, and so be at peace with one another.” (Ephesians 4: 2 – 3).
The world right now is filled with major threats from the population explosion, environmental pollution, unprotected nuclear arms, food shortages and pending water crises, to name but a few. I really believe that solving any of them will require a unified effort from the human race. The message I’m drawing from this River of Faith concept is that people of all faiths seem called upon now, and with urgency, to become gentler, more humble, and kinder towards one another. This River of Faith, the one that carries all people along through time, seems to be calling us to accept one another (and our faith differences) as equals, not identifying ourselves by who we oppose or to whom we are superior, but instead demanding a willingness to gather together with all people in the world around themes of justice, peace, acceptance and even a radical welcoming of all people into the stream of faith.
The currents of a river always change. Our “faith river” has changed its channels many times over the course of time and will continue to do so. Each change challenges us to find new understandings and grow in love and in our tolerance for all people. God is good.