Dead Orthodoxy or Living Faith
Updated: Apr 7, 2020
There is truth about God and his engagement with the world that matters, especially concerning world he created and the incarnation in which he unites himself with his creation in the most vital way. For most believers it is in and through prayer and worship that our faith is defined and refined and we begin to understand more fully, not just with our heads but also with our hearts and in our spirits, that the God who created the world, loves the world, and that his love for the world is expressed in the identifying of himself with his creation, particularly the human creation, made in the image, and likeness of God. It is in prayer and worship that we begin to recognise in a deeper more intimate way that it is in and through the incarnation and the cross, that love manifests its transforming power through the resurrection. Thus, prayer and worship play a key role in counteracting our tendency of holding on to a human construction of our faith in our head, no matter how glorious that construction may be. It is in prayer and worship that our faith deepens, and our understanding moves from our head to the heart penetrating our spirit and transforming our lives and the way we live our daily lives. I would suggest that unless we experience this movement from the head to the heart and spirit then we are in danger of holding on to a dead orthodoxy rather than a living faith.