Friday, May 28, 2010

that being said

In my previous post, I said that Christians must not be so concerned with who is going to heaven.  Rather, we ought to more concerned with how we can corporately and individually become better disciples of Christ.  In other words, let's focus on our Christian practices rather than our Christian beliefs.

That being said, our practices have to be grounded in our theology.  We cannot do what seems to be the right thing to do simply because it seems to be the right thing to do.  Our Christian practices of charity and hospitality have to be rooted in our theology, our beliefs about who we are and who God is.

Our liturgies, the creeds, the Bible, and our individual and communal relationship with God are our foundations and bulwarks: it is upon these dynamic and traditional pillars that our faith must stand.  Anything we do to help a neighbor, any simple act of charity, any gracious or kind word, must be done not simply in the name of good, but rather in the name of God.

1 comment:

  1. this post made me recall this article "Too Much Practice" - from William Willimon in the Christian Century a few months ago, which generated quite a lot of heat in the Letters to the Editor.