April 26, 2010 | 10:16 am

Monday – Holding on

I watched a televangelist this past weekend, not part of my normal routine. The theme of his message was Jesus, salvation, and the need to send money. After watching for a few minutes, I thought to myself, “It’s the same old thing.” I wonder how many people feel this way about Christianity in general. Familiarity with the faith, even a vague one, can give it a static quality. This can be as true for those looking from the outside as those who count themselves among the Christian tribe.

Perhaps it is the difference between focusing on ideas about God and focusing on God. If we focus primarily on ideas about God, then we may feel we have mastered the basics. But if we focus on God--this dynamic, change-agent on the loose in the world--then each day brings new possibilities. This changes the nature of our spiritual quest. Faith is not as much about holding onto our beliefs as it is holding onto the One in whom we believe. If faith feels static, then it may be time to examine what it is we’re holding onto.