I have been thinking a lot about living in the way of Jesus lately. What does it mean to live IN THE WAY of Jesus? The church seems to be polarized by either having right belief (orthodoxy) or doing the right thing (orthopraxis). The conservative side of the church is the champion of guarding correct doctrine. The liberal side of the church is all about pursuing a life or justice as the epitome of faith. Are these polarizations necessary? To some extent aren’t these false dichotomies? Isn’t it a both and? Orthodoxy and orthopraxis are both spoken of in scripture and faithfulness to Jesus requires both. Just read the book of James and the book of Galatians. It is every where in the Bible, Jesus is full of grace and truth; he is fully divine and human; we are called to a life of faith and works; the
What would it look like if the church pursued living in the right way instead of just doing the right thing or having the right beliefs? I have just finished reading How (not) to Speak of God, by Peter Rollins and he says that living in the right way is about believing in a loving, sacrificial and Christ like manner. Instead of arriving at the correct doctrine or doing the right thing we move forward in a way, or a manner of living, or an approach to Jesus others and the world that guides both belief and action. Living in the way of Jesus transcends these perceived binary opposites of faith and theology or belief and action? This is living into the tension of a way that involves right thinking and right living. But it happens on or in the way of following after Jesus.
Rollins says living in the way of Jesus “is an approach which emphasizes the priority of love; not as something which stands opposed to knowledge of God, or simply more important than knowledge of God, but more radically still, as knowledge of God. To love God is to know God precisely because God is love.” Not imply right thinking or action but living in the reight way. This sounds very similar to how Jesus summarized the law and the prophets. Love God and love neighbor. The way of Jesus? Hmmm…
I am still very much in process with these thoughts but feel like I am on the right way. I would cherish your feedback to sharpen and shape it with me.