Taking a closer look at how unspoken beliefs forge our experiences.
Have you ever had moment where you wonder if God ever does a face palm? Have you ever had a moment where you feel like stranger in a foreign land because to be spiritual means leaving behind common sense? Or you are told that to question church leadership decisions is the same as questioning God? If so, you have come to the right place.
Theology is just simply a study of what we beleive about God. Our generation tends to believe that good doctrine makes for sound theology. But I beleive our theology is what is drawn out by our behavior, and not what is just stated by doctrine. Take a look at all the failed preachers over the last 50 years. At one point they passed all the doctrinal tests and quizzes. But it was not enough. Their behavior said more about what they truly believed than a doctrinal quiz could. You can say all the wrong things and still be commended by the Father. Likewise, you can say all the right things and be rebuked by the Father. Take for example this parable by Jesus:
- Matthew 21:28-32 NASB – 28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 “The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I [will,] sir’; but he did not go. 31 “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 “For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing [this,] did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
Jesus parable is clear, our behavior says more about what we beleive to be true than our verbal assent to what we believe.
Don’t get me wrong, what you say you beleive is important. The mouth pours forth what is in the heart:
- Matthew 15:18 NASB – 18 “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.
But our actions likewise reveal what is stored there even if unspoken.
- Matthew 15:18 NASB – 19 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
Learning to love is one of the easiest things to say, but probably one of the hardest things to do. Too many times our behavior is not based out of love. And when we fail to act out of love, our actions reveal more about our unspoken theology than what we would care to admit. Behavior exposes our unspoken theology which is often rooted in our demand to be loved, instead of giving ourselves in love. And sometimes just not being afraid to express out loud what we believe, quite often is enough to show how foolish some of our misguided notions that our demands to be loved truly are.
- Proverbs 25:12 NASB – 12 [Like] an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold Is a wise reprover to a listening ear.
The purpose of this blog website is not to label anyone person or group as a cult or non-believer, but through love to give deeper thought as to what motivates our actions. I can assure you that at times I can be just as unloving by my words and actions as anyone I can point my finger at. But my desire is to not be afraid to express how those thoughts and actions might just run contrary to what it means to love God, and how to love one another as ourselves. And as a result of that awareness, pursue change that leads to maturity that teaches us how to love.
- Isaiah 1:18 NASB – 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
The God of all the universe is not afraid to reason with us. Reason is not the antithesis of faith but an invitation to walk deeper with God. So too I invite you to come walk with me through some of my thoughts and observations on the state of the church. We might not always agree on what we perceive, but I promise that I will do my best to extend mercy, grace and love when we do disagree. For I too am walking that road that examines true motivations as so that we may press on to love and maturity together.