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From the Editor’s Desk: Doing Theology

We study God – theologize – to learn more about who He is and His way of walking out our lives. We study to become more like Messiah and do what He reveals to us. Therefore, theology that cannot be “done” has little value.

We can frame this as a biblical imperative. As we love the Lord our God with all that we are, we must be loving our neighbors as God has loved us.

I trust that this line of thinking is nothing new to you. Of course, I am in no way opposed to scholarly endeavors that call us to biblical, loving action – no matter how remote those endeavors might seem to some fellow-followers of Jesus. However, since apart from the grace of Messiah we are truly sinful in ourselves, we need to regularly be shaken from the indifference and selfishness we slide into. Being numb is not godly contentment. Merely living from circumstance to circumstance is well below what we have been called to. Whatever a life like that produces is like grass for starting a fire – near worthless. Knock the facade over and burn it up.

Truly, doing theology is a radical way to live. I must act on what I have learned about God. My theologizing needs to include asking myself the question, “Who is my neighbor?”

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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2005

About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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