A Grounded Faith

“The anything-goes passiveness of the religious and political Left is matched by the preachy moralism of the religious and political Right. The person who uncritically embraces any party line is guilty of an idolatrous surrender of her core identity as Abba’s Child. Neither liberal fairy dust nor conservative hardball addresses our ragged human dignity” (Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging).

I know that sometimes the Church has veered into cold orthodoxy where maturity in the faith equates to knowing a lot of facts about Jesus and the Bible. That’s not true saving faith.

But the answer is not to throw out any kind of absolutes where you end up with a very vague, feel-good, self-help kind of theology that basically ends up as “Be nice to each other.”

True saving faith has both spirit and truth. It’s grounded in the Apostles’ Creed and shows itself in both acts of kindness and in gospel conversations. The Apostle James would say that faith that doesn’t show itself in works and good deeds is a dead faith. It’s no faith at all.

I hope the Church can find the balance of orthodoxy and compassion. I believe that true compassion is grounded in solid doctrines and that true orthodoxy is based in genuine love for God and for man.

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