Jonathan Edwards and Resolutions (No. 11): Theological Curiosity For The Sake of Knowing God
11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances don’t hinder.
I hope this resolution gets lots of reads, so please share it. I promise I'll be brief. The bottom line is this: Edwards cared deeply about truth- particularly the truth contained in Holy Scripture. So, when he came across a portion of Scripture he did not understand or if there was a theological question he did not have an answer to he did everything in his limited power to find the answer.
Edwards had a theological curiosity. And this wasn't an intellectual exercise, it was a devotional one. Edwards wanted to know the Triune God He worshipped. Sadly today many so-called believers have little to no theological curiosity. I notice this manifest itself in several ways:
Many people are bored with theological sermons. And they don't blame their lack of curiosity on their lack of love for God- they blame the pastor/preacher for not being entertaining or funny enough.
The Christian bestseller book list is for the most part, a dumpster fire.
People have a very low view of the Lord's Day. It is spent more time watching sports than worshipping the Triune God.
Hospitable evangelism isn't a priority.
People seem to be committed to irreverent/casual worship both privately and corporately.
There is habitual, persistent sin in the church (in both leadership and the pew)
There is a lack of spiritual maturity I see in folks who have been Christians longer than I've been alive. I'm finding more spiritually mature young people in my ministry context. Sad, but true.
Like Edwards, it is time to get theologically curious. We must become theologically hungry. We must do so because we want to know our Triune God.
Why not start today? Here are two books I recommend to begin your journey:
Getting the Garden Right by Richard Barcellos