Ah, it's great to be back!
Joshua Harris has a new book out called Dug Down Deep: Unearthing What I Believe and Why It Matters. In the book trailer below, he explains if our theology is wrong, then we'll get everything else wrong:
Harris is right about wrong theology. I hate to point fingers, but I can think of a few examples of how bad theology leads to bad stewardship.
For starters, there's the environment. Jerry Falwell Sr. once said he doesn't care about the environment because Jesus was going to destroy the world when He returns. For years many Christians have held the same belief. It's only know that Christians are beginning to realized that God called us to tend to the earth (Genesis 2:15), and so far we've done a pretty bad job of being environmental stewards.
Another good example of bad theology is the way some Christians interpret Matthew 26:11. Some Christians use this as an excuse to not do anything about poverty, but that's not what Jesus meant. I think what He meant was there is a time to go out and serve the poor, and then there's a time to spend it with Jesus. Or as Deuteronomy 15:11 puts it, "There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land." So the Christian life is a life of worship and stewardship.
Then there's this guy, Pastor Steve Anderson:
And let's not forget Dr. James David Manning!
Need I say more?
Now I must point out that I've noticed some Christians get so wrapped up with having the right theology that they bash anyone whose theology doesn't align 100% with theirs. For example, there are the infamous Heresy Hunters (I won't mention names because they tend to magically appear when you say their names, like Beetlejuice) who rip their clothes and yell "Blasphemy!" whenever some one does not perfectly fit into their cookie cutter definition of Christianity.
That's just an extreme example, of course. But I do think that sometimes focusing on having the right theology can easily become a litmus test on who is or isn't a real Christian. I like to think that there's room at the Lord's Table for Christians of all different denominations and interpretations to meet and fellowship. Don't get me wrong, I'm not proposing an "anything goes" approach to faith. But how can your brother learn and grow in faith if we exclude him from the table because his theology is slightly off from ours? Or what if we're the ones who have the wrong theology?
Does theology matter? How much?
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