Bro James’ Family Minute – Theology Matters

              I love this Charlie Brown cartoon about theology.  It illustrates well how even a right theological understanding about Noah’s flood can affect our lives today.  Truthfully, Theology affects everything you do in life.  Some people might say, “I’m not a theologian,” or “Doctrine doesn’t matter,” or any number of other statements about theology.  However, the truth is, everyone is a theologian and someone’s theology directly affects the way they live.
Theology Matters. (A Lot!)
              “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
                                         2 Timothy 3:16-17

           When I was in school I learned that the “ology” at the end of words means “the study of,” and the prefix is the “what” we are studying.  “Theo” means God, so Theology is the study of God.  If Theology is the study of God, then by its own definition we can all easily agree that theology does matter because God matters, and knowing God makes a huge difference in our lives and how we live.  Therefore, Theology is very practical and applies to our lives every day.

            Let’s say someone says that they are an atheist.  Well, even an atheist is a theologian because the atheist theology is that there is no God and this theology informs how they choose to live.  Would you agree that an atheist might live life differently than a Christian?  Certainly!  Sometimes that might not be the case, sadly, not because of the atheist but because of the Christian.
             Maybe you’ve heard someone say something like this before:  “I don’t really get into ‘theology’ or ‘doctrine.’ I mean, I love Jesus. That’s really all that matters.”  That statement is in fact a theological statement.  Their theology, that loving Jesus is all that matters, has informed the way they choose to live and spend their time, choosing not to learn more about God (because theology is the study of God).

           Let’s just test that theology for a moment and let me ask, “Is loving Jesus really all that matters?”  How do you even know if the Jesus you love is the Jesus that saves?  Islam believes that Jesus is just a prophet, not the Son of God.  That Jesus won’t save anyone.  Mormons believe that Jesus is the brother of Satan.  Well, that’s not the same Jesus I know!  Is it possible for a Christian to say, “I love Jesus, but I don’t want to know him better”?  Theology is the study of God and Jesus is God.  If I say I love my wife, but the amount I know about her is the same as the day I married her, we would say there is something wrong there, wouldn’t we?  That would certainly frustrate my wife a lot and make it pretty hard on our marriage!  She might say something like, “He never learns that I hate roses and love Gerbera Daisies!” or “He always leaves his shoes by the door when over and over I tell him they need to be put away!” and so on…so then I might say to her, “I love you, isn’t that all that matters?”  How do you think that would go over?  Theology matters.



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