This class was tough.
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· Theology of everyday life I agree with the author that most Christians do not view theology positive light. The meaning the author associates with Theology is " Any endeavor on the part of Christians to think through and set in order their beliefs, with the intention of drawing closer to God and reflecting more of His character in their lives." · The Gap between belief and daily life. I believe that the reason theology has a negative connotation is because of the two gaps Banks list in his book. The first one is " Few of us apply of know how to apply our belief to our work, or lack of work." Christian is what we are not what we do. People that proclaim to be Christian also have to make a living. How can a person work in the secular world and be Christian? Christian face the task of living above reproach. A Christian's house must be in order which is easier said than done. The second gap is." between what the church proclaims as the role of a Christian laypersons in the world and what the church actually does to support that role." Why is there a church on ever corner in neighborhoods where violence and poverty are an epidemic? Where are the Christians that are supposed to be the change in the community? These are the questions the community ask. The first two points are about accountability. As a Christian, I need to say what I mean and mean what I say. Broken promises can not be a part of a Christian's vocabulary The next two points are about Integrity. As a Christian, we must be the same person all the time. The person we are in the church must be the person we are during all regular aspects of life. · Commuting In most cities in America, we live our lives on the go. We have to get to school, work, church, the mall, etc. Banks writes annually about 50,000 deaths, and 500,000 injuries are due to car accidents. Of all those accidents I am certain that some of those people were Christians no matter if they were the driver at fault, not at fault, died or got injured. Regardless of where they found themselves, they have to remain Christ-like. They have to show kindness and love in spite of being late, being hurt, rising insurance rates or totaled cars. When I am driving, and someone cuts me off, I must catch myself and remain, Christ-like. Which means no cursing, no flipping the bird's anything. It doesn't matter if anyone is around because God sees all and knows all. · Secular idols and religions This section spoke to me because it is easy to fall into idol worship if we don't prioritize God in our life. I am a huge sports fan, and I found myself so hurt the Dwyane Wade left The Miami Heat this summer, but I had to catch myself. Jesus is still on the throne so who cares where people play basketball. I am a huge Hip Hop fan and love Nas, but I must make sure I know more or Gods word then I do Nas lyrics. Being a Christian is constantly working on our hearts and putting Jesus in his proper place.
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