Some quotes regarding why theology matters:
“Every Christian is a theologian–The Bible speaks of us as knowing God and as being known by God. Both of these important facts are part of the theology that each of us builds up during the whole of our lives as Christians. Have you ever heard a person say (particularly in the middle of a discussion about the Bible), “I’m no theologian, but…”? My answer to that is, Yes you are! All Christians are theologians, but some are more able theologians than others.” Every Christian by definition knows God, thinks about God and makes statements about God. So, you are a theologian. Part of being a Christian is that we do theology. That is, we put together different aspects of what we understand about God, and we build it into some kind of coherent understanding of our existence as God’s redeemed people living in the world.” (29)
Graeme Goldsworthy in According to Plan: The unfolding revelation of God in the Bible.
The church was not the pope or the magisterium (the church’s teaching body), said the Reformers, but was all Christians gathered together–led, to be sure, by the official teachers and pastors. Doctors (theologians) were desperately needed, but every Christian was responsible to understand the Bible’s doctrines. The whole church was to study the Scriptures, learn them, and come to conclusions about the Bible’s basic teaching. The people, clergy, and laity were to do these things together, as a body of Christ. Of course, sola scriptura did not mean, as it has come to be interpreted in some circles today, that the laity were to use the Bible as a wax nose to be shaped by private, subjective opinion; rather, it meant that all believers had the right and responsibility to read, understand, and obey God’s Word–with the rest of the church (certainly not without it). While this idea created enormous freedom for the individual to approach God’s Word directly, the Reformers and Rome on this was whether the Bible produced the church or whether the church produced the Bible. The Reformers held the former view. They believed God revealed himself to a people and called that people to himself and gave them his Word. Therefore, the church is always fallible and always liable to correction from God’s transcendent, infallible revelation. (11-12)
Michael S. Horton in Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel
Every Christian is a theologian. We are always engaged in the activity of learning about the things of God. We are not all theologians in the professional or academic sense, but theologians we are, for better or for worse. The “for worse” is no small matter. Second Peter warns that heresies are destructive to the people of God and are blasphemies committed against God. They are destructive because theology touches every dimension of our lives. The Bible declares that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. This declaration sounds strange. It is almost as if the biblical writer blunders. He seems to confuse the mind and the heart. We normally associate thought with the brain and feelings with the heart. So what does it mean to say a man thinks in his heart? The phrase to think in the heart refers to thoughtful reflection. Many ideas are briefly entertained by the mind without ever penetrating the heart. Those ideas that do grasp us in our innermost parts, however, are the ideas that shape our lives. We are what we think. When our thoughts our corrupted, our lives follow suit. We all know that people can recite the creeds flawlessly and make A’s in theology courses while living godless lives. We can affirm a sound theology and live an unsound life. Sound theology is not enough to live a godly life. But it is still a requisite for goldy living. How can we do the truth without first understanding what the truth is? No Christian can avoid theology. Every Christian has a theology. The issue, then, is not, do we want to have a theology? That’s a given. The real issue is, do we have a sound theology? Do we embrace true or false doctrine?
R.C. Sproul in his preface in Essential Truths of the Christian Faith.
Now, proudly representing my cousin Ely Kim and his video- 100 days, 100 songs, 100 locations, 100 dances. Ely made this video for a project in school. It was an over night success. MTV Brazil gave him a call and flew him round trip (for free) to be a judge in one of their dance contests.
The video is here.