Have you ever tried to articulate your progressive / evolving / emergent reasons for remaining a follower of Jesus, without it being primarily focused around what you no longer believe? I took a shot at figuring out what still resonates.

My 7 “At Some Points” of Jesism…

1) At some point in our lives we all naturally deal with self-centeredness. We sometimes think (at least subconsciously) that the world revolves around us – and we tend to take ourselves way too seriously. But Jesus said to put others first. He said if we want to know love, we must give love to others as we would expect to be loved. He said if we want to find ourselves, we must first lose ourselves. That still resonates…

2) At some point in our lives we all naturally feel anger, resentment, or lack of forgiveness for past events. But Jesus said to let go of anger, forgive everyone, and love our enemies…  And if someone slaps us on one cheek to turn and give them the other. He said to let go of past hurts, and instead to look forward with peace and joy. That still resonates…

3) At some point in our lives we all naturally feel jealousy, envy, and greed. But Jesus said to give of ourselves and our possessions generously, and with cheer. He said that our hearts would be with that which we treasure, and that doing for others is more important than our own social status and the size of our storehouses. That still resonates…

4) At some point in our lives we all naturally feel unnecessary anxiety, fear, and insecurity. But Jesus reminded us not to worry, or be troubled, weary, or afraid; as those negative emotions won’t add a single minute to our lives. But instead to exhibit courage and live with peace and a noble purpose. That still resonates…

5) At some point in our lives we all naturally chase power and status.  But Jesus says that it does us little good to gain the whole world and lose sight of our very reason for existence in the process. He said that we should instead focus our time and energy on humbly and meekly building others up with respect, positive virtues, generosity, and encouragement – without seeking recognition for our good works. That still resonates…

6) At some point in our lives we all become tempted to think tribally and create unneccesary in-groups and out-groups in order to feel superior or more righteous than others. But Jesus reminded us not to judge others lest we be judged by the same measure. He also demonstrated radical inclusivity and reminded us to think twice before casting the first stone. That still resonates…

7) At some point in our lives we all look for a greater purpose. Jesus demonstrated an incredible example of wisdom and compassion with his life, and he also exhibited what we call the “Christos” or divine anointing (literally, the Christ in all of us) which is “the way” to experience and share that anointing with the world. That still resonates…

These points have been a lamp unto my path, and are my personal reasons for continuing to follow the teachings and example of Jesus. They have nothing at all to do with doctrines, and everything to do with our state of being, through love for ourselves, love for our neighbors, and love for all creation. One could even say that through to these points we can be “saved” or “born anew” (to use evangelical terms) or “enlightened” to use broad spiritual terminology. To me, this is the reconstructive process that all followers of Jesus must go through. Jesism is a reconstructive path to do that.

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