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A few years ago I was sharing with a friend about how difficult it was to discipline my kids. Because he was a friend, there was a “bridge” for him to speak truth into my life. He was kind and caring, but clear and direct. He said,
Rick, as a dad I understand how difficult it can be to discipline children, but your resistance to disciplining them reveals more about your theology than anything else.
As I thought about his kind words, I came to four conclusions about how true biblical theology was in conflict with my understanding and practice of theology.
The Lord knew that a cross for Christ was a hard thing (Hebrews 2:14-15). He also knew it was necessary because it was the way to salvation for so many. Sometimes theology is hard, painful, and even emotionally difficult to fulfill (Luke 22:42). But that should not be an excuse to shrink back from practicing sound theology in your life.
For example, in my particular parenting case, it would be theologically unloving not to discipline my children lovingly when they need corrective care. Are there times in your life when your feelings about a matter cancel out your biblical obedience?
Let me give you another example: I do not enjoy hearing myself speak. I have said that I would not walk across the street to hear me teach. Perhaps you’ve heard yourself on a recording and had similar feelings.
In those moments of angst about myself, I could choose never to teach again. That would be unwise and counter to the Christian mandate to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20). If I opted to be self-centered, I would disobey God by not telling others about the glories of Calvary.
Are there areas in your life where you need to be more obedient about a matter than emotional about it? Name one of those things. Here are a few examples for your consideration:
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).