Saturday, February 11, 2006
I FELL ASLEEP IN A POOL OF THEOLOGICAL DROOL
I know, I know I throw out a lot of theological ideas on my blog and many who come probably think- blah blah blah blah..... that's fun to think about but it really doesn't say anything practical in the REAL LIFE CHURCH.
I've thought alot about this over the last couple of days.
You know, you're right!! We don't need theology.... and we don't need, as Christians to learn to think theologically... and we don't need as Christians to be able to speak thelogical to one another IF:
Theology doesn't move from the head to the heart, doesn't move from thought to action; doesn't move us toward loving God more, doesn't move us toward loving our neighbor more, doesn't challenge us to move to a deeper faith and knowledge of God, ourselves and others; doesn't open up the possibility of the Kingdom of God NOW....
My hope here, even when I do a very poor job, is to spark a conversation, never a fight, to engage new friendships where they may not have existed before, to challenge myself and the friends who visit to not just accept the moden worldview of Church, faith and doctrine that was handed down by our liberal/conservative forefathers and mothers who have gifted us with a polarized worldview that is not as helpful for postmodernity.
So, yes, I DO BELIEVE THAT THEOLOGY IS IMPORTANT for ALL CHRISTIANS to engage in- not as an academic duty but as a communal practice that cultivates a deeper spiritual life and life with God. Scripture is sufficient, but theological conversation gives it the flavor and lens to engage it in community. That's why I write what I write.
Lord, may the words of my mouth
and the meditations of all of our hearts
be acceptable in your sight
Our strength and redeemer.