The reflection that follows was originally shared at the Regional Board meeting of the Michigan Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on October 22, 2016.
Disciples have always valued the principle of freedom. We hold tight to our non-creedal identity and grant each other room to interpret and apply Scripture as we believe the Spirit leads. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can be a Disciple and believe anything you want to believe. That’s a statement I’ve heard over the years, but we call ourselves Disciples of Christ for a reason. If we’re disciples of Christ, then Jesus must have a prominent place in our life together.
If we don’t have creeds and we grant each other a certain amount of freedom of interpretation, what does it mean to be a Disciple? I thought I might share a quote from Edgar Dewitt Jones, Central Woodward’s founding pastor:
Progressively interpreted, the Disciples of Christ embody a noble plea and an arresting program. They cherish the dream of a reunited church, and make Christ central in teaching and in life. They emphasize unity but not uniformity. It is a roomy fellowship, holding to a universal creed: “I believe in Christ as the Son of God and my personal Savior.” [Quoted in Freedom in Covenant, pp. 2-3]