There's something about our WESTERN, MODERN, PRESUPPOSITIONAL, ARROGANT, AMERICAN evangelical, RELIGION that makes me angry. Well, I guess first of all I could say it makes me angry because it IS all those things.
Hopefully it makes you angry too that somehow the Way of Jesus has been hijacked and turned into something Western instead of Global, blinded by Modernity and a slave to it, Arrogant instead of Humble, and all these other things.
But the thing I was talking about is the western church's fascination and "sell your soul love affair" with knowledge... and dare I say it Truth.
(I hesitate to say this because I really do want people to like me and not call me bad names... but people have always called me bad names, so since this is my blog I'm going to try to say what I think.)
Somehow knowledge, being right, doctrine, truth, and orthodoxy (right belief) have become more important in this Western Christian religion we have created than LIVING, ACTION, & ORTHOPRAXY (right practice). How did this happen?
Maybe I can say it this way? Who cares if you have all the right doctrine and believe the right stuff but your life doesn't make a difference? Do you think Jesus really cares if you have all this Bible knowledge but you don't love your neighbor?
Seriously do this for me = imagine yourself talking to God at the end of your life... can you see it in your head? At that moment would you rather:
1 - have spent all your years on earth consumed with living the way of Jesus, living like He wants us to live-> loving the poor, loving our neighbors, living a revolutionary life... but some of your "doctrine" was off. you were wrong about several biblical truths. OR...
2 - have been consumed with Bible knowledge so that your "doctrinal statement" was in order. And maybe it was even SO GOOD that your doctrinal statement and God's doctrinal statement are IDENTICAL! (never happen, but we're "what if"ing here...)
OK, in that moment... which guy would you rather be? The 1st or 2nd? Which guy do you think Jesus wants you to be? I'm betting that Jesus won't give a crap that I was wrong about some biblical truths and "doctrines" if I lived as closely to THE WAY He lived as I can. I guess I can always say "my bad" on this or that doctrinal point. I can guarantee WE ALL WILL be doing that!
I'm going to try to be that first guy... I'm going to try to LIVE the things I'm sure about... I'm going to try to be HUMBLE, and be a SERVANT, and LOVE with all I've got, LOVE God and the unlovable and the outcasts and the poor and my ENEMIES, and GIVE sacrificially... GIVE til I'm broke, and try to be the BEST HUSBAND I can possibly be, and spread God's FAME across as much of this earth as I can... I'm going to try to be a revolutionary like Jesus.
That's the stuff I'm going to focus on. And if I'm wrong about some Truth & knowledge and doctrine and stuff in the Bible... then I'll be wrong. so be it.
but that's just me... What do YOU think?
[more thoughts on this later on... especially as it relates to discipleship and more. & I'm sure I'll be misunderstood, so I'm not even worried about it.]