Milton Brasher-Cunningham got through to this hardened heart again this morning. He has a deep love of Kenya, having spent a significant portion of his adolescence there.
Milton heard this creed on Krista Tippet’s NPR program this week. The program was a repeat from earlier this millennium and featured the late Dr. Jaroslav Pelikan, a noted church historian. He and Tippet were discussing the role that creeds have played in Christianity.
Tears welled up when I read the Maasai Creed a few moments ago.
“We believe in one high God, who out of love created the beautiful world. We believe that God made good His promise by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, a man in the flesh, a Jew by tribe, born poor in a little village, who left His home and was always on safari doing good, curing people by the power of God, teaching about God and [humanity], and showing that the meaning of religion is love. He was rejected by His people, tortured and nailed hands and feet to a cross, and died. He was buried in the grave, but the hyenas did not touch Him, and on the third day He rose from the grave. He ascended to the skies. He is the Lord.
We believe that all our sins are forgiven through him. All who have faith in him must be sorry for their sins, be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God, live the rules of love, and share the bread together in love, to announce the good news to others until Jesus comes again. We are waiting for him. He is alive. He lives. This we believe. Amen.”
When the Maasai speak of Jesus always being on safari doing good – always traveling – all I could think of was the sense of connection those nomadic people must of felt with him. He traveled all his life just as they did; he knew what it was like to be them. And when he died, the hyenas – the filthiest scavengers on the African landscape – didn’t touch him. I love the imagery.
I love it too, Milton. Thanks for sharing this.