by Jayvon Johnson, Staff Writer

We all were born with one. It is typically given by our mother or loved one. It is bestowed upon us in hopes that with it a particular level of respect or even honor will be given to us. We provide signatures for loans and opportunities, speak it to clarify its pronunciation. Our name is important in all of these ways. We carry great responsibility with our name. We would like those who use it to speak of it only in good will and in relation to all things pure and moral and ethically pleasing. We take abundant integrity in our own names, but we lack the same reverence for the name of our Savior.

During one of our recent Chapel gatherings, I was honored to give the Invocation for Worship. Being new to the program and unfamiliar to the particular worship experience that is customary at Wake Div., I have experienced culture shock for several months. However, I am adjusting and embracing the ways of the typical service. A few things troubled me in my time here. One in particular is that we seem to have mastered the academia of understanding the role of God and Christ, but have placed less focus into our relationship with the Son. God reminded me prior to my sharing in Chapel that some of us do not mind writing about the several areas of Theology with Him involved. We will debate about His “right” or “wrong” actions, have intellectual dialectic encounters among our colleagues, discuss Him in papers, but Jesus’ name may not come out of our mouths in the very place it is needed or with the great reverence that it deserves. We seemed to have watered down His existence to a mere symbol or unobtainable figure that we can’t feel or see in our everyday lives. His name still deserves to have respect.

This piece isn’t meant to state that I have the answers we need to understand who Jesus is to us. However, God gave me a wake up call to share with us all. Our relationship with Him and the Father will be the only thing that sustains us in this journey. The relationship that you build with Him is dependent upon you and only you. As we continue to sit in our courses and develop, grow, and even create our personal theologies, I pray that we utter the name that resides above any and all other names, and that’s JESUS CHRIST. I go into this next few weeks with a desire to share Him more and hear Him more among us all.

Philippians 2:9-11: “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”