LIVE Your Theology!

BlackCalvinist/ June 15, 2006/ Got Questions ?

Live Your WHAT ????

What do you mean by that ?

Real simple – LIVE your theology.

Don’t just talk about it, or get a warm fuzzy buzz from clappin’ and shoutin’ on Sunday morning, or that air of intellectual pride that comes from knowing all of your doctrinal t’s are crossed and I’s are dotted…. Live it.

You believe that God is Sovereign according to passages like Daniel 4:34-35.

At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?”

What does that mean for you personally and practically ? What does that mean for your prayer life ? What does that mean when God directs and impresses upon your heart for you to go in one direction, but you feel as though you should go in another ?

You say believe Romans 8:28. You just lost your job and your rental office is threatening to sue for back rent and evict you. Do you still believe Romans 8:28 ?

You say you believe the scriptures are God’s words, infallible and completely authoritative for the believer as His final Word on the subject of…anything.

So do you truly believe His word at 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, or would you be willing to still try and date the unbeliever in hopes of ‘converting’ them ? How about when the cultural norm for marriage is changed to include homosexual marriage ? Do you still believe that God made man and woman for each other, or do you change what you believe to adapt to the culture around you ?

You say you believe 1 Cor. 6:9-10. What happens when your job asks you to participate in diversity training and tells you that you should not speak of homosexuality as an aberrant lifestyle or even form your lips to say that it is wrong ? Do you stay silent and simply ‘sign the paperwork’ for the sake of your job ?

Everyone has a ‘grid’ which we use to decipher and interpret the world around us. We call this ‘grid’ a worldview. A recent poll by Barna shows that only around 9% of average churchgoers today and only about 48% of all clergy claiming to be Christians actually live what they say they believe. Think of it! Only 9%. No wonder so many churches are in a mess today and the overall witness of Christians in the United States is so poor!

As Christians, we are called to think differently than non-Christians. Romans 12:2 reminds us ” Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” It is through daily time spent in the Word of God and daily applying it to our lives that our worldviews are changed to conform to that of the scriptures.

Psalm 119 is a wonderful treatment of the value and worth of the Word of God and the life-changing, mind-changing effect it can have on the life of a believer. It also speaks about the wholehearted devotion that every believer should have to learning the Word of God and obeying it. Take a moment, if you are a Christian, and measure your attitude and devotion to the obedience of God’s word against this ‘measuring stick’:

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you. (v. 9-11)

I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law. (v. 59-61)

Oh, how I love your law!
I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands make me wiser than my enemies,
for they are ever with me.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path. (vv. 97-105)

I hate double-minded men,
but I love your law.
You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
Away from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God! (vv. 113-115)

Because I love your commands
more than gold, more than pure gold,
and because I consider all your precepts right,
I hate every wrong path.
Your statutes are wonderful;
therefore I obey them.
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple. (vv. 127-130)

Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of men,
that I may obey your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant
and teach me your decrees.
Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
for your law is not obeyed. (vv. 133-136)

How do you match up ? You may know much intellectually… and so does David (the writer of this Psalm). But notice – he actually lives it. In all the circumstances of his life (such as evil men binding him in ropes, people cursing him and taunting him, his regular daily life, etc…). And this is what all believers are called to do – LIVE what you say you believe. If you claim to be a Christian, your guide should be the Word of God – not human opinion, popular trends, cultural accommodations or anything else.

If you’re a Christian, it’s my hope that your visit to this site will help you to make God’s word the standard for your worldview and how you think of Him (which is all that ‘theology’ really is). God’s word is truth. Those who live their lives according to it have nothing to fear, except God Himself (Proverbs 1:7, Matthew 10:28-29). And this is a ‘theology’ that we should all be happy to LIVE.