Have you ever had things happen that don’t fit in your particular theological box? Maybe it’s a movement of the Holy Spirit that you decided long ago doesn’t happen anymore. Maybe God seems to be causing things to happen a little too much and you know that he doesn’t do that. Maybe you think he does cause everything and the tragedy of a friend or response to a prayer is making you wonder if it’s quite so clear-cut as you’ve always assumed. Theology is a funny thing. It is a good thing, and can add a great depth to faith, but it can also emprision us in a cell of our own making. It can keep us from experiencing what God is doing because we “know” he doesn’t work that way.
For the record, I’m not talking about taking our theology outside the teaching of Scripture–just taking it outside the bounds of our understanding. The extent to which we hold our dogma with a closed fist indicates great arrogance in our own intellect and reasoning.
Perhaps a better stance is to engage theology while remembering that we don’t have all the answers. That God is not confined by the limits of our understanding of him. Makes sense, but it’s easier said than done.