When I was a younger Christian and Student Minister, I would often emphasize to my students over and over again that “Christianity is a relationship.” Strangely, that was not always a popular thing to say. In fact, I was often criticized by older pastors who warned me against saying such a thing because it was pietistic, mystical, and based on emotion rather than the firm foundation of scripture. This always confused me. Everything I read in scripture seemed to say the same thing. In fact, the gospel of John seems to bleed that truth out in every single word.
- “The Word became flesh and dwelt among you.”
- “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.”
- “(I pray) that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us.”
- “For God so loved the world, that He gave us His only Son…”