A theology worth embracing. Issues worth ignoring. Bringing our faith elsewhere.

I do ministry in a sensitive location. Due to a growing number of Christians but a strong government opposition to the faith we are raising up churches mostly underground. There are many different networks of churches but everyday we wrestle with what theological points are necessary to bring to these to people and what aren't.

What should church government look like outside of America? Is it okay to dance? To drink? Can women lead or not? What's Biblical and what's not? What's significant and what's not? What are the majors that we can major in them and not the minors?

In a place where you're faith is daily a matter of life and death or at least personal safety it's shocking to see how differently Christianity is embraced than in America. In America where it's acceptable to be a Christian we have the time to worry about our eschatology, are we dispensational or covenantal? Calvinist or Armenian?

Here I daily interact with people who know the word inside and out but never make it to such questions. For them life is about worshiping God, following God, honoring God despite opposition, and bringing the gospel to all those around them.

Now I'm a firm believer that our theology will affect how we live daily. But I also look at what we did to the Koreans. Korea is one of the most successful missionary stories of all time. We brought Christianity to Korea like no one ever has. They are prayer warriors in a way most Americans can never dream and through it they have saved their nation.

That said, we also taught them they shouldn't dance. Shouldn't drink. Ever. Can't smoke.

I absolutely abhor the idea that we taught them there is something evil about dancing. How could we teach them not to drink when Jesus' first miracle was turning water to wine? And what do they do when in a situation where they're asked to share a cigarette with a poor friend and it is a great way to open and door and discussion? I'm not arguing these things should be outright embraced, but certainly not outright forbidden yet we have made a whole nation full of people who think this way.

So what does life look like when we major in the majors? How do we grow a church and raise up leaders in a country where people are turning to the Lord in droves but few of them are educated enough to lead a church? What does it look like for a person who has been a believer for 10 years to not know a thing about the end times, but only know that Jesus is coming back? How do view someone who has led hundreds to salvation but has never heard of dispensationalism or covenant theology?

Finally, when a movement is growing so fast its hard to control, what sort of church leadership do we raise up? Should the churches be presbyterian? Congregational? What do we do if the people value one strong all powerful leader, but power leads to corruption? Do we raise up leaders and make them accountable to fit the culture or do we challenge the cultural norm with what we believe is a Biblical norm?

These are all issues I deal with everyday.

I love seeing hordes of believers who don't know about the minors. They care about God and advancing His kingdom. In America I went to see a doctor. The nurse saw I was reading a book about the Psalms and asked me straight out if I believed in "Replacement theology." Who are these people? How can I answer such questions that seem petty to me in light of the significance of others coming to faith?

I've offered up far more questions than answers. But I challenge you to consider what is major and what is minor. How many hours of your life have you spent worrying about a correct interpretation of Revelation rather than saving your neighbor from the burning fires of eternal damnation? How many hours have I spent? How many hours SHOULD be spent on theology and how many on evangelism?

If you were to bring your faith elsewhere, what would you major in? Would you be so 'emergent' that people would miss Jesus but catch the new church movement? Would you be so die hard about one theology that you would forget to explain the trinity?

How do we live in a world that needs salvation, but reconcile our own views and theology?

(I posted this at OpenSourceTheology.net which I visit occasionally, if you wish to comment please do so there to keep the discussion all in one place, here is that link: http://www.opensourcetheology.net/node/1598)