If there’s one thing that recent events have shown, it’s that the more conservative elements of Christianity seem to have a lot of trouble getting along (especially those flying under the banner of “Reformed”). While many, I believe, genuinely seek to contend for the faith, many others seem to be content with just trying to be the rightest person in the room. The result is the proclamation of joyless “truth” that at best is, frankly, more likely to turn people away from God than draw them near.
Considering this problem, especially in light of the recent happenings with a pachyderm showing up in someone’s foyer, reminded me of one of my favorite passages in Jared Wilson’s book, Gospel Wakefulness:
A joyless Calvinist knows the mechanics of salvation (probably). But he is like a guy who knows the ins and outs fo a car engine and how the car runs. He can take it apart and put it back together. He knows what each part does and how it does it. A graceless Calvinist is like a guy who knows how a car works but has never driven through the countryside in the warm spring air with the top down and the wind blowing through his hair.
Gospel wakefulness changes theological pursuit. It reorients knowledge to become the means to knowing God, not knowing stuff. It exults in God, not merely in thoughts about God. True theology galvanizes our affections toward God, not toward theology. . . . What gospel wakefulness accomplishes, then, is the bringing of one’s heart to theological study, not just one’s mind. (Gospel Wakefulness, pp. 84-85)
These words should cause us to pause and consider our actions—are we seeking to glorify God in our response to situations we deem unbiblical or are we glorying in simply being right?