Let’s start off with a little honesty, with the possible exception of most Pastors, Priests, Church, or Denominational Leaders, long time Church Goers, Theologians, and a few Seminary Professors, most, if not all, people outside our churches could care less about our theology. Most people could care less if we hold an Arminian, or Calvinist, view of theology; they could care less about our method of baptism; they could care less about our ‘denominational distinctions;’ They could care less if we’re Pre, Post, or an Amillennialist; they could care less about our stance on evolution vs. science; they could care less what translation we believe is the only ‘true translation.’ What they do care about is, do we love them? Do we, with every fiber of our being, truly love them? Do we desire a true, honest, lasting, relationship with them centering on love? Are we willing to cry with them when they’re sad? Are we willing to feed them when they are hungry? Are you willing to go out of your way to help those who are hurting, marginalized, by our culture? If the agenda of your theology becomes the most important focus of your church, you miss out on loving others.
While I’d never suggest that we give up searching for the Divine in our theology, or study. What I’m saying is, if our theology removes us from loving others, or if our theology becomes the center of our faith, we will never truly understand how we’re to love others. The center of our faith should be the love Christ commands us to have for others, when we understand losing ourselves, while sharing love with others, out theology starts to grow from the seed of love.
I would love to here what you think, leave a comment – do you agree, or disagree?