Sometimes it’s really cool being Baptist. (Other times, not, I know, but let’s stay focused here.) If I was Roman Catholic, the process for me or anyone else I know to become a saint is long, ponderous, and not for the faint of heart. Plus, you have to be dead. Baptists, on the other hand, along with some other churches in the Protestant tradition, believe that every follower of Jesus is a saint, for the simple reason that the New Testament writings refer to all members of the Church as saints. This has nothing to do with how holy or “saintly” we are — it has to do with our identity as sibling to Jesus, once we have chosen to Way and Lordship of Jesus.
Knowing this, it might be time for us to revive and re-imagine All Saints Day, which is today (Nov. 1st). Continue reading