You will find and introduction to my BOM theological paperwork here: Doctrinal Exam
¶324.9.d: How do you interpret the statement Jesus Christ is Lord?
First, the statement “Jesus Christ is Lord,” is a statement about worship. We are called to worship God, and to be weary of the idols that would draw us in. “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them” (Exodus 20:3-5a). In our world today, it is easy to worship money, material objects, and the culture of full calendars and “busyness” that proves our worth. To say that Jesus Christ is Lord is to focus worship on the things of God not idols.
Second, the statement “Jesus Christ is Lord” is a statement reflecting whom I choose to apprentice myself to. To say that Jesus is my Lord is to say that I want to be like him. To say Jesus Christ is Lord is to intentionally focus on the ways of Jesus, to learn how to see what Jesus saw, to make choices in the same way that he made choices, to work in lives in the same way he worked in lives, to point out truth wherever I see it, to kneel to wash the feet of those that would betray me, to be obedient to God, even to the point of a cross. We have many choices concerning whom to make lord of our lives: sports stars, politicians, mentors, parents. Many of them good people to learn from and we should learn from people that are really good at what they do. We should learn to preach from great preachers, and we should learn to lead from great leaders, but it is important to recognize that all but one, fall short of perfect love. To say that Jesus Christ is Lord, is to acknowledge that Christ is my teacher, the one I try to emulate.
Finally, to say “Jesus Christ is Lord” is to acknowledge that in my humanity, I am not alone. God was not looking down on the cross; God did not turn his back on the cross; God did not walk away from the pain: God hung from a cross. When I am in the midst of loss, or suffering, when I feel the despair of life surrounding me, I am not alone. My God has been in the midst of suffering and shown humanity a way through it. To say that “Jesus Christ is Lord,” is to say that I believe there is life after suffering, it is to believe that death does not have the final word, and it is an acknowledgement of hope that surpasses understanding, especially in the midst of trial.