Keith Hitchman

Trinity Sunday, 3 June 2018

A threefold cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4: 12

Celtic trinity knot

The Trinity knot, also called the Triquetra, is one of the best known symbols in Celtic culture and lore. Predating the period known as the early Celtic Christian Missions, the ancient Celtic church used the Triquetra to represent the Holy Trinity. Other cultures used a variation on the symbol too and each attached its own meaning to it.

For the Jesus-follower, the Triquetra is a picture of the harmonious relationship within the Godhead. One in Essence, three in Person. Equal and Eternal. Distinct yet acting in unity.

At Christ Church we are seeking to be a 'Jesus-centred and inclusive church'. A place and community where people of different ethnicities, cultures, sexualities & gender identities, social backgrounds, theological & political perspectives, can safely unite together in our love of Jesus Christ and our worship & service of Him.

As such the truth revealed within the idea of the Trinity is essential to us taking this vision forward. The harmonious relationship revealed within the Trinity provides for us a basis and model for human co-existence and flourishing.

'Identity' is one of the buzzwords of our times. In short 'identity politics' is a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics (a more comprehensive definition & discussion can be found here). Whilst there is much to commend this approach, particularly in countering oppressive and unjust systems, there is a danger that taken to extremes it can further divide, rather than bring people together.

As Jesus-followers our identity is quite literally 'in Christ'...

27 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3: 27-28 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

In Christ the age-old divisions - of race/culture ('Jew or Greek'), social/economic position ('slave or free') and gender ('male and female') are abolished. In Jesus Christ we are no longer divided, but united. In Him we are 'one'.