“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lamp-stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
But as for you, communicate the behavior that goes with sound teaching. Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in endurance. Older women likewise are to exhibit behavior fitting for those who are holy, not slandering, not slaves to excessive drinking, but teaching what is good. In this way they will train the younger women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be self-controlled, pure, fulfilling their duties at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the message of God may not be discredited. Encourage younger men likewise to be self-controlled, showing yourself to be an example of good works in every way. In your teaching show integrity, dignity, and a sound message that cannot be criticized, so that any opponent will be at a loss, because he has nothing evil to say about us. Slaves are to be subject to their own masters in everything, to do what is wanted and not talk back, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, in order to bring credit to the teaching of God our Savior in everything.
So that. Our lives need to be lived in a way so that. This is not in regard to morality per se. It is very much dependent on cultural context. And I see no reason that we cannot apply this to doctrines and theology as well. Not that a theology should be rejected if it is unpopular, but we should take a second look at it.
For instance, the doctrine of slavery:
- Slavery is an idea that the bible condones.
- Our current culture does not condone slavery.
- How should we as Christians view slavery?
We can now go back and find other ideas throughout the bible that we can now allow to supersede the idea of slavery. What are the other theologies, practices and ideas that we should take a second look at? After all, very few theologies are found unquestionably in the scriptures. For instance, even the trinity is a doctrine that developed over the course of 300 years before it was hammered out and became creed.
My theological pick is ‘original sin’, the fall and the penal substitution view of atonement. My cultural practice pick is anything that reeks of a money grab.
What are your picks?
Orgasmic Holiness: A life style live in such a manner that others say, “I want what he has.”