I get emails questioning my orthodoxy all the time. For example, about a year ago, I was asked if I denied the resurrection of Jesus, and I replied. I have learned, however, that answering critiques does nothing to calm them down. Witness, for example, the comments on that post.
Lately, the emails have started back. Do I believe this, or that or the other thing. Virgin birth, historical resurrection, Genesis 1, the book of Job.
So, let’s try this again. . Here is what I believe… today.
- That action is to belief as 19 is to 1.
- That faith without deeds is not faith at all, but superstition.
- That people are worth fighting for.
- That the problems of the world are, at their core, relationship problems.
- That when people ask “What can we do to end homelessness,” what they really mean is “What can we do to end homelessness and not change anything about us.”
- That you can replace the word homelessness in the previous sentence with almost anything and the statement will still be true.
- That when you ask for help and people say “I will pray about that”, you had better start looking for Plan B.
- That it is not we who wait on God to act, but it is God who waits on us.
- That no one is going to care about your dream as much as you do. This does not prevent them from having opinions as to how you are doing it wrong, however.
- That folks who ignore you in your struggles will flock to you when you are successful. And then they will be hurt when you question their sincerity.
- That to follow the Jesus path will look like failure to the world that watches you.
- That, when measured in terms of impact on the world around them, the average church is indistinguishable from the average book club.
- That a lot of church people will be pissed off at that last statement.
- That some of them will be pissed off that I said “pissed off”, and wish I would just talk about hell or something.
- That people who love that I fight for the rights of homeless people but wish I would shut up about the rights of women or the LGBT community do not understand either me or my work.
- That atheists contribute more financially to my work than do Evangelicals. (Actually, this is a fact.)
- That to ask whether evangelism or social justice is more important is the same as asking whether it is more important to send doctors to medical school or to heal people.
- That when there are two people groups, and one people group has more of something – power, money, privilege, resources, etc. – the onus for changing that discrepancy lies on the group with more, and to do less than that is less than Christian.
- That Jeremiah probably did not get invited to a lot of parties, either.
- That most Christians are indistinguishable from the culture around them.
- That I take anti-abortion people much more seriously when they have adopted a couple of kids.
- That the best critique of the bad is the performance of the good. As a result of this, I believe that if you want to know what I believe, you probably ought to just watch what I do.
What do you believe?