July 20, 2015

It's Monday of "Vacation Bible School" week!! I do still think VBS is an incredible tool that we need to continue to use to reach young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. And when I get a little tired during the week I am reminded back when I was a youth pastor and we had 2 weeks of VBS, I drove a bus each day to pick kids up, I taught a middle school VBS, and I did my normal summer duties as a youth pastor. Ha. Busy. I hope your week has started off well.
This morning I was reading an interesting article about how the lack of theology has led to much of what is going on in our culture today. The author says, "The genesis of this trend started in the late 1800's, when theology no longer functioned as the 'queen of the sciences' (in which all academic study evolved around the study of God), but became a separate field of study through seminaries only for those who were going into full-time ministry. The repercussions of this have been cataclysmic. Now it has become popular that theology is not important enough for the average Christian, and also that it is not practical for the real world. The domino effect of this has been felt more and more until its culmination in the early twentieth century when most universities eradicated all references to theology as its centerpiece." And some of you may be saying right now, ugh, theology, how boring. Ha. And that is part of the problem. The average Christian and even many pastors have never seriously studied God and I believe our culture reflects this. The author addresses this when he says, "Because of this cultural shift away from theology, the people who attend Christian churches today have been trained to think that theology is not necessary or even practical. This is in spite of people being destroyed by a lack of the knowledge of God (Hosea 4:6)." He goes on to say, "I have seen biblical literacy gradually being replaced by a touchy-feely subjective approach to God that can eventuate in replacing the logos (reason; truth) of God with an irrationalism that is closer to new age spirituality than it is to historic Christian orthodoxy. Much of the culture has been captivated with a postmodern notion that truth cannot be known; we can only feel our way through life!" I encourage you to read the article but also let me just encourage you to real study of the word of God. You can become, and should become, a theologian. Without a personal knowledge and deep understanding of God there is no way that you will be able to respond as Christ would when you come in conflict with a culture that is increasingly moving away from Him. Protect yourself and your family by becoming a theologian!!
If you missed our movie last night then I would recommend checking it out. "Last Ounce of Courage" will not win any Academy Awards but it is a very moving story about how we have let our freedoms slowly slip away and how we need to stand up and recapture them. It's a good message for all of us today. It's on Netflix for those of you who subscribe.
Hope you have a blessed week!