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Born Again?

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On Sunday Pastor Bill mentioned being “born again” when referencing scripture. He said that some people are uncomfortable with that term and wanted to guide them to the belief that such a term is not bad but it is a part of God’s world, his teachings, and his blessings. I will admit that I am uncomfortable with the terminology “born again”, or more appropriately the label.

In the not so recent past there was a revelation of people that had strayed from God’s teachings but were returned through one man, one group, to the Christian faith and they were labeled “born again Christians”. In this labeling there was a zealousness to their coming home and they took to the streets with wings under their feet to spread all that they have learned, accepted, and were ready to change the face of the world one person at a time. They were, for lack of a better definition, Zealots. And many people came to dread this groups appearance in the media, in their homes, and in their lives.

So really it is not the label or term as related to scripture, and God’s teachings, that makes me get all blugh inside. It was how it applied to this particular group of people. And even the people were not so bad, but it was the hypocrisy with which they used to try to manipulate others to join them.

Everyone can be “born again”. It depends on what you consider to have been the “death”. Do you believe in reincarnation? If yes, than you are “born again” into this world, and you have chosen to follow a path of God. Maybe you followed in a previous life, and then you would be “born again” into a Christian/Jewish based religion. Maybe instead of being so literal with the meaning, maybe you strayed from God out of anger, hate, frustration and came to understand that God never left you so you welcomed him back into your home, you were “born again” unto Christ. Maybe you kept the values but disassociated with any particular religious group, Church or other home of God. Today maybe you found that home and were “born again” into God’s house with new family members.

Through all the changes, through all the possible scenarios of how you can be “born again”, it is a title not to dread but to accept and relish. At some point I am sure we can all say that we were “born again”. That does not mean we have to be a Zealot, nor should we label ourselves as such, but accept that for a time we were looking for God’s home and his welcoming arms. They never left. They were waiting in the same place only this time the walls were painted a different color.

I am “born again” but I am not going to run out the door and smack the next person I see in the head with my bible. Instead, I’ll cherish my home and relationship, in the way that suits my personality best. God understands. After all, he made me.

May your week be blessed with joy.

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Author: bkbites

Stay at home Mom of 3 boys, 1 goofy dog, 2 wickedly crazy cats, and a traveling husband. Ah, what can be better? It's a full life without a doubt.

3 thoughts on “Born Again?

  1. When I google “born again”, I find a variety of links.

    *Born Again American – some kind of “activist” group
    *A website for a band called Born Again
    *A link to Born Again Resale shop in Lewiston, Idaho

    It certainly doesn’t have the meaning it once had! And even when Jesus first said it, it was such a novel term that the listeners took it literally and questioned the logistics of the whole process. It’s probably safe to say that it’s always had a bit of a fringe association since Jesus first said it.

    For me, it’s a matter of knowing my audience. Some of the same people who would be turned off if I introduced myself as such will, after getting to know me, ask questions about my faith. This isn’t to say that I lie about my faith, just that I try to listen for what approach I should take.

    As for zealotry, well, that’s what we’re specifically called to and it’s an attribute assigned to God throughout the OT, especially in reference to what his zeal will accomplish.

    Romans 12:11 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

    • Your quote from Romans 12:11, for me, nailed the point of the positive and negative aspects that come with being a Zealot. Many people, and this is by personal association as well as media, have used their zealousness hypocritically as opposed to “keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

      Great response!

  2. Being “born again” means that you have repented of your sins (asked forgiveness) professed that you believe Christ is the Son of God and that He died for you (for YOUR sins)and then ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and make Him the Lord of your life. BUT NO ONE SHOULD BE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH TALKING ABOUT BEING BORN AGAIN….If anyone is “uncomfortable” with this….I would ask “why?”

    You don’t have to run out and “smack” anyone over the head with your Bible….but a person who is truly “born again” does want to share this with others. I remember when I was “born again” and I wanted to shout it from the roof tops…”I have Jesus in my heart” (sometimes you do feel like “smacking” an unbeliever over the head with your Bible to wake them up to the GOOD NEWS! The “good news” that Christ died for them and that they too can have eternal salvation.)

    To say that “at some point we can all say we are born again” is not true….NOT ALL have repented and NOT ALL believe Christ is the Son of God, therefore we can not all say “we are born again”.

    Let’s be careful about how we “interpret” being born again.
    Jesus tells us how to be born again……in our bible. Please read John Chapter 3…and 1 PETER 1:22-25, Romans 10:9, Titus 3-5 (to name a few)

    Remember this: Jesus Christ died in your place and for your sins so that you can be forgiven and receive that new life. Being “born again” makes a true believer want to “spread the gospel” not keep it to ourselves.
    Not every one will see the Kingdom of Heaven….but those that are “born again” will.

    Have a blessed day.

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