Friday, December 11, 2015
Don’t Settle for Sound-Bite Theology
Christian people, are we still taking Christian truth in a tabloid form, or are we facing it and tackling it on a deeper level? We’re living in an age, of course, that wants everything in tabloid form. It’s the age of digests. Even in biographies they no longer write a full biography. It’s a sort of study, a kind of picture. This is the tragedy, I feel, of the hour. People want everything short, snappy, simple, in a digest, in tabloid form. They start like that, and they go on like that throughout the whole of their lives. As we read the lives of our spiritual fathers, we find that they struggled with the Word. They read massive commentaries, and they struggled with them. They read books on doctrine and on theology, and thus they deepened and developed a deeper understanding, and they were bigger men and women as a result. And they began to know something about the higher reaches of the spiritual life, the possibilities in the life of grace. You don’t enter in and then just maintain that the rest of your life. You must go on, launch out into the deep. You press forward after the mark, the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My friends, is there evidence of growth and of development and of enlargement in your life? Do you resent the effort, or are you making an effort?
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3,” pg.81-82