OK, Steve over at theopraxis.net is BLOWING MY MIND. Seriously, I feel like this guy is consistently doing one or both of two things for me:
1) Writing about things that are on my mind, or that I’m currently wrestling with, and doing so in a way that is gradually helping me to make sense of all this… and/or
2) Writing about things that I haven’t been thinking about, BUT somehow seem to be natural extensions of things that I AM thinking about, so much so that it’s like he’s thinking about what I will be thinking about a little ways down the road…
Does this makes sense? Regardless… good stuff.
So, back to the main point of my post. You need to go and read his latest post, it’s called “Scriptural Dissonance.” And it’s basically about how he thinks there’s all these big themes in the Bible that seem to contradict sometimes:
“By themes, I’m thinking of those Big Picture ideas that make the Christian story what it is – things like God’s sovereignty and human agency, like image and curse, like the humanity and deity of Christ, like the present and future nature of the Kingdom.”
The really cool thing about it is how he’s saying that maybe part of what it means to be a Christian, is somehow recognizing these seemingly contradictory things, and rather than trying to explain them away, somehow find a way to live with them. That somehow, someway, there is a tension that exists and should exist. I feel like this might be hard for people to grasp and to be OK with (me too!), but at the same time, we have accepted Paul’s whole thing about how he doesn’t do what he wants to do, and does what he doesn’t want to do (Romans 7:14-20).
So, if we can accept the tension in that, can we take it one step further that maybe there’s more tension elsewhere in the Bible? That maybe it’s not so simple to just read through it and nail everything down into categories and bullet points? I guess that thinking like this should be scary, but for some reason it makes me feel better!?!