The Danger of Theological Ambiguity

The Danger of Theological Ambiguity

The Fixx, in their song One Thing Leads to Another, used the following lyrics: “Do what you say, say what you mean”, something that we too often assume is a concern for our immature children or perhaps for certain foreign cultures where a tolerance for ambiguity is more readily accepted.  However, when it comes to theology, Americans are just as guilty and maybe even more guilty of this same tolerance and contradiction.  If we truly are trying to understand God and “worship” Him faithfully through our actions, this ambiguity and contradiction should be unacceptable.  The content of our theology is of course important, undoubtedly the top priority.  However, if we say one thing and truly believe another, or if we believe something but don’t act in accordance with our beliefs, the content of our theology means absolutely nothing.   And, what kind of confused theology are we communicating to our children?  There are no brownie points for theological belief or “faith” in Religious Deism and to some extent many Christian religions teach that faith goes hand in hand with action, although we would argue not to the same extent that Religious Deism does.  So, in general and to avoid what one might call a “sin of omission”, everyone should make sure that they believe what they say and that their actions remain consistent with these beliefs, and honestly try to act on them and avoid a regular adherence to the classic, hollow, moral relativist phrase “I am so busy I don’t have time to do what I want to do or what I know is right”.            


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *