A New Direction

new-directionSince the beginning of this Blog my primary focus had been on the PCUSA and how/why it is being destroyed by its elite leadership.  By now I have discussed many dimensions of this destruction, starting with the corruption wrought by postmodern theology and most recently with the falsehood of Christ’s supposed pacifism.  In-between we have covered Christian marriage, overt Gnosticism, the assault on the nation of Israel, multiculturalism, and, social / political cruelty, among many others.  Clearly I am at complete odds with the direction that our leadership is taking the denomination, so chances are that virtually anything they do will be a source of contention.

The question at hand is what to do about this situation.  I could go on indefinitely criticizing the denomination and its leadership, and I suspect that some new outrage will eventually compel me to do so again.  However, my readers have certainly gotten the point that something has been going terribly wrong in the PCUSA for decades, and, that this corruption of our faith is if anything accelerating.

I have concluded that one central cause for this destruction is the collapse of orthodox Reformed theology as a meaningful contributor to practical Christian life.  That is, it has become irrelevant, and, therefore is generally unknown.  It is also a theological tradition lost in a blizzard of theologies.  For example, here is a partial list of current “Christian” theologies from Wikipedia.

  • Black theology
  • Anarchism
  • Christian fundamentalism
  • Covenant Theology
  • Dispensationalism
  • Orthodox Christianity
  • Emerging church
  • Evangelicalism
  • Feminist theology
  • Fundamentalism
  • Holocaust theology
  • Liberal theology
  • Liberation theology
  • Narrative theology
  • Neo-orthodoxy
  • New Church
  • New Covenant Theology
  • Paleo-Orthodoxy
  • Pentecostalism
  • Personalism
  • Postliberal theology
  • Postmodern theology
  • Process theology
  • Progressive theology
  • Prosperity theology
  • Queer Theology
  • Quakerism
  • Restoration Movement
  • Revisionist theology
  • Thomism
  • Transcendental theology

While there are many reasons for this situation, surely one is the failure of Reformed theology to address the practical issues of the Christian life.  I fear that it has become only one more trinket in a vast store of theological trinkets, and a dull, un-engaging one at that.

So, one great challenge is for orthodox Reformed theologians to reestablish the link between their theology and the practical lives of Christians.  However, not being a theologian, there is precious little for me to do other than point out this glaring issue.

What I can do, as a simple Christian, is to engage with the foundational source for all true and orthodox Christian theology, that being the Bible.  In what follows I will do so for the issue of God’s acts of providence (i.e., the protective care of God) in the world.  My goal is to build a (surely rickety) bridge between God’s Word and a central issue of mortal human life.  It may not be much, but in God’s providential economy even the simple is used for His greater glory.

For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth; but God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.”

(1 Corinthians 1:26-31, RSV)

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