I have been reading several books this summer. One that I have been enjoying is Philip Jacob Spener’s Pia Desideria. In this book, Spener is countering the scholasticism of his day. Scholars were spending much time arguing nuances of theology that Spener considered to be unimportant. However, those same scholars were not demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit in their own lives. In other words, they had separated orthodoxy from orthopraxy, and they had determined that orthodoxy was important (down to the minute details) while orthopraxy was not necessary.
Perhaps it’s just me, but I see the same symptoms today. People argue details of theology while neglecting the abundant life that Christ promised. “Love God and love neighbor” has become “Agree with me or else.” “Walk in a manner worthy of your calling” has become “Are you Reformed or Arminian?”
I am very interested in theology. I study Scripture often to understand God’s plan. But, may my personal study never contradict my walk. Instead, as I study the Bible, I pray that I will live in a manner that is more glorifying to the Lord.