Does what we believe matter? Many in the world today aren’t convinced. Truth is culturally located; all human knowledge is inherently subjective; the story you believe is no more legitimate than the story I believe; in fact, any story that claims for itself normative authority is oppressive; etc. Belief is a dangerous thing today, particularly if the story you believe in just so happens to claim to be the true story of the whole world. Many in the church today aren’t convinced either. It’s tempting to soften the edges of our belief, to ignore poor theology, and to get on with the ‘real’ work of justice and mercy (as if true justice and mercy weren’t rooted in prior and more fundamental beliefs about the character of God).
In the face of this, the church offers a very different understanding of truth and belief. Truth is, fundamentally, personal. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). In whom we believe, then, and what we believe about him, are questions of fundamental and first importance. It was belief in a lie about God, and ultimately a failure to trust his goodness, that led to the primeval sin (Genesis 3). What we believe about God matters: my life will look very different depending on what story about God I believe to be true.
At Fleetwood, we’re committed to creating an environment in which people can genuinely explore the Christian faith, and in which Christians can grow in “the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Within such an environment, we believe that it is only right for us to invite people to live according to what is true, and not according to a lie (Rom 1:24-25).