Many people I know are allergic to the word “theology.” They say it’s boring. But if the God who created the majestic beauty of nature is the same God we hear about in those dragging sermons, isn’t it obvious that there’s a huge disconnect there?
People who would like to pretend that theology is for religious nerds would be surprised to find that whether we like it or not, we are all theologians of sorts. When we express our beliefs (or non-beliefs) about God, we are doing theology. Erroneous theology maybe, but still a theology.
Would you be surprised if I tell you that at least Rihanna got her theology right in the song “Take a Bow?” Take a look at this:
Don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not;
Baby when I know you’re only sorry you got caught;
The doctrine of sin, technically called Hamartiology, is partly about what true repentance is. In our discipleship, we know there are two types of people who say sorry. There are those who are sorry because they got caught, and there are those who really turn away from sin. Rihanna got that one part right and she’s vocal about it.
There are a few reasons why some Christians avoid theology. Many of them have been told it’s not that important as long as they come to church and participate in discipleship. Others believe the devil’s lie that it causes division and animosity among believers. Still others don’t want to be labeled as Christian nerds who are spiritually “deep.” But I suspect that many people just don’t want to do the extra work of knowing Christ deeply. If they could get away with minimum Christianity, they’d do it.
Are you avoiding theology? Why?