This cracked me up. Satire from the Babylon Bee:
“Local Calvinist Bryan Harrison holds to an intricate, well-developed theology of evangelism that exists entirely in the theoretical realm, sources confirmed Saturday….”
Theoretical means, “concerned with or involving the theory of a subject or area of study rather than its practical application.”
I make fun of “theology” quite often and “doctrine”and “legalism” and assorted other great thinkings on faith and call it all vanity, because in essence that is what it really is, rabbit holes for us to chase. Faith cannot remain theoretical for long, at some point it must be applied, it must come out of our heads and enter our hearts.
That said however, theology, doctrine, are really the backbone of faith, the structure and foundation of the building, the load bearing walls. Tear them out and the roof will probably collapse. Theology is like the structural engineering of faith, so while I poke fun at our human foibles, I also spend a great deal of time studying it. One of my favorite things to do with myself is to debate and discuss scripture with people, to study The Word and the Author and Finisher of our faith.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17