Reflections on Raw Faith

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Isaiah 11: 2

I just finished watching Raw Faith, a biographical documentary that provided a candid look at the life of Marilyn Sewell, a Unitarian minister, as she follows her faith and progressive beliefs. I laugh, cried, and stopped the program about five minutes from its conclusion on last night because it was so overwhelming and real. I went to sleep thinking will I be able to finish this program anytime soon? This morning, when I awoke, I thought about the program every few minutes and when might I be able to finish watching it. I needed my heart, mind, and spirit to be in sync for the conclusion…I thought. Well I just finished it. It was a wonderful reflection of an individual… an individual that appeared real and true…and brave. If I could only be so brave and true…If only I can stand still and let “God’s grace” find me…bring to fruition the desires of my heart. Desires that I pray are in the will of God for my life.. The desires that I can not even verbalize. The desires that I have yet to believe can come true for a simple unworthy person such as I. Maybe some day I will be brave enough to tell my story and believe that I am worthily…

Let me look up Unitarian…I am not familiar with the term.
Unitarianism is a religious theological movement named for its understanding of God as one person, in direct contrast to Trinitarianism, which defines God as three persons coexisting consubstantially as one being. Thus, Unitarians contend that main-line Christianity does not adhere to strict monotheism as they do, maintaining that Jesus was a prophet, and in some sense the “son” of God, but not God himself. For most of its history, Unitarianism has been known for the rejection of several conventional Protestant doctrines besides the Trinity, including the soteriological doctrines of original sin and predestination, and, in more recent times, biblical inerrancy.

No wonder I was not familiar with the term unitarianism as it relates to Christianity…because I believe in Trinitarianism…the Christian doctrine that God exists as three persons…but is one being. The persons are understood to exist as God the Father, God the Son (incarnate as Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, each of them having the one identical essence or nature, not merely similar natures. My belief system confess that one can only be saved through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior.
I was taught to believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into Hades. The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on 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 Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sin; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting.
Now that I have a better understanding of Unitarianism, I see why the biography of Minister Sewell did not appear religious to me but just human…just raw human emotions. Emotions that were not yet resolved, organized, or understood very well. It was as if after 17 years of being a minister, she was still searching for herself, her desire to be loved by a man, and her relationship to everything. Yet, she was brave enough to still seek for answers or maybe resolve…Words of Wisdom?…WOW?
If I give this some thought I want to compare and contrast what I saw in the documentary with what I think I might have seen had Minister Sewell not been unitarian…but that is not for me to do this day. My limited, crude, unscholarly skills need much perfecting. I lack the knowledge and expertise…Maybe someday…
God Bless in Jesus’ name…be happy and do good.
God Bless… I am Wiley’s granddaughter.

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