The Christian’s Pledge of Allegiance

October 10, 2015

Tomorrow at Bowman we recite the Apostles’ Creed. Tony Reinke calls the Creed “The Christian’s Pledge of Allegiance.” It is an act of cultural mutiny. Matt Chandler says that, “When the early church recited the Apostles’ Creed, it was simultaneously their greatest act of rebellion and their greatest act of allegiance.”

We mustn’t yawn our way through the Creed. John Piper warns:

“I feel strongly about this, that among those of us who have grown up in church and who can recite the great doctrines of our faith in our sleep and who yawn through the Apostles’ Creed — that among us something must be done to help us once more feel the awe, the fear, the astonishment, the wonder of the Son of God, begotten by the Father from all eternity, reflecting all the glory of God, being the very image of his person, through whom all things were created, upholding the universe by the word of his power.”

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead and buried;
He descended into Hades;
The third day he rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.

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One Response to “The Christian’s Pledge of Allegiance”

  1. phfs9 Says:

    When I was a kid I was raised Catholic. We were taught the Apostles Creed, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and more. But, all those prayers became chants and had no meaning for a child. We were punished if we didn’t learn each and every word.

    Somewhere in the Bible it states “no chanting” – don’t ask me where – I remember the lessons I learn but not book and verse.

    I truly do believe if we are going to take any prayer seriously we should hear in our hearts each word and know the meaning the words are teaching us. It does no one any good to just “chant” a prayer like a robot. Surely, if we don’t mean what we pray God does not bless what we pray.


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