In my post from yesterday called “Look also to the interests of others…“, I made the following statement concerning Philippians 2:1-5 and the verses that followed that passage:
At first glance, these questions deal with the concepts of fellowship, community, and unity – very important concepts, but not as important as Christology. Right? Actually, I suggest that these concepts are directly related to our understanding of who Christ is, what Christ has done for us, what Christ is doing for us, and how Christ empowers us to interact with one another. In fact, I would suggest that when we get these things wrong – when we fail to live a life that demonstrates our love for one another – then all the facts that we know about Christ mean very little. Our Christology must be built on Philippians 2:1-5 as much as it is built on the verses that follow.
As I’ve been thinking about this, I realize how important this statement is. However, it goes beyond Christology. The way we treat one another – the way we interact with one another – the way we love one another (or do not love) – demonstrates more about our Christology (study of Christ), Pneumatology (study of the Holy Spirit), and Soteriology (study of salvation) than any creeds or words which we may claim to believe.
Do you agree with this? Do our actions demonstrate our beliefs more than our words? If so, why and how? If not, why not? Are there other “-ologies” that are demonstrated more by our actions than by our words?