Standing at the intersection of today and eternity
I have a love/hate relationship with social networking sites. On the one hand, I am so glad to have re-connected with people from long ago. On the other hand, I wish I didn’t know as much about them as I do now.
Many of my friends on my social network are church-goers. This makes social networking interesting, because I get to see the various perspectives my friends have on a particular topic. The one thing that saddens me, however, is the lack of historical perspective.
In fact, if you introduce anything from the ancient church, like say, the Nicene Creed, you will find yourself labeled as a Roman Catholic. This is despite the fact that many different conservative protestant churches recite this creed every Sunday (that is also likely to get you labeled).
It’s even worse if you mention liturgy, confessions, or anything having to do with infant baptism. All of these are considered anathema to many modern church goers.
My field of interest is Biblical Theology. It is one of four fields of Theology which include Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology, and Historical Theology. So, I have a tendency to be more interested in this particular area.
There are at least 8 different Biblical Theologies. And, every Christian, I mean every Christian holds to a Biblical Theology. Perhaps the most popular one in Evangelical congregations is Dispensational Theology. However, of those who come from this background, most of them would dismiss this label and say, “I just believe what the Bible says.”
Uh, yes and no. Your understanding is colored by the theology of your pastor and your church. The fact that someone is unaware of their Biblical Theology does not mean they don’t have one.
And this all draws back to an awareness of the church. Not just the postmodern North American type, but the historic Christian Church.
I am venting. But, may God hear this vent, and move Christians to actually explore their faith, instead of just default to , “I believe what the Bible says”.
To God be the Glory