Nobody likes a jerk.
Even a right jerk. I don't care how "right" their words may be, I'm not hearing it from them!
As bad as this situation is, it's devastating when the jerk is talking about Christ and his church. How many souls have been turned off to the Gospel because of situations like this one?
My wife has been telling me for years, "It's not what you say, but how you say it!" How can we share a message of mercy and grace when we act as though we possess neither?
Sadly, one of the biggest culprits of this are those who care most about having right doctrine. The Bible refers to them as Pharisees. You remember, the ones Jesus reserved his harshest words for. It seems as though the stronger the desire to obtain sound doctrine, the more likely it is to become prideful in one's new found knowledge.
So, is it possible to love theology and people? To have a humble orthodoxy?
Joshua Harris explains how we can in his book, Humble Orthodoxy. Though it is a quick and easy read, the sting of conviction will last. It seems we are often the last to know just how much we are in need of this message. Ouch!
Sometimes our problem is that we forget that it is all about God and what he has done for us, not our own accomplishments.
One of my favorite quotes,
"When you truly understand the doctrine of grace in the gospel, you don't go around checking people's IDs to see if they are in or out. You walk around with tears of gratefulness in your eyes, saying, "Why in the world would he choose me?"Humble Orthodoxy is a must read for every lover of doctrine. The danger of becoming a pharisee is just too great. Joshua Harris gives us the gentle reminder, that even if we have all the right theology, but have not love, we are nothing. (1 Corin. 13:2)
I would like to thank WaterBrook Multnomah publishing for sending me this free copy for review.