In 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Paul instructs the young disciple to continue in what he’s learned and believes in. I think that much of this is true for younger Christians (speaking from experience) just as much today as it was then.
Christianity is much more divided and segmented religion today than it seems to have been in apostolic times. In some ways, it’s very hard to stay true to what’s important. Some of the loudest voices in Christianity today promote their teachings in a way that has little to do with Christ’s love. Others get too sidetracked by prosperity teachings, politics or other issues that have nothing to do with the Gospel.
Shortly after I got online and set up a website, another visitor my age asked me an important question: “Why are you a Christian? You seem too rational to be one.”
The fact that many see Christianity and rational thought as incompatible are all the more reason why “holding fast” is needed. In its oldest and simplest form, Christianity has room for freedom of thought. Indeed, that is why Anglicanism has always affirmed reason as a part ofbelief.
Maybe we need to get back to basics, so to speak and focus on:
- Continue in the apostles’ teaching and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in theprayers
- Persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord
- Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ
- Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself
- Strive for justice and peace among all
people, and respect the dignity of every human being (The Baptismal Covenant, as found in the Book of Common Prayer)