DISCLAIMER: The following post is rated “Looooong” and may not be appropriate for people with short attention spans :p
This past quarter I took a course in Systematic Theology. Honestly, it has been one of my favorite classes. The readings have been great, the lectures engaging, and the assignments thought provoking. We’ve addressed topics like Christian ethics, the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life, the sacraments, death, and resurrection. For an egghead like me, this kind of stuff gets me excited. I have been on cloud nine all quarter because I am in nerd central and I love it.
However, the other night Jenny and I were talking and she said something that really struck me: “I feel like you are immersed in this subculture and you’re starting to speak a language that I just don’t understand.” Her words really hit me. I had to slow down and ask myself the question: “Who is all this for anyway?!” If I’m spending all this time (and money) learning theology, but it is not translating, then why am I doing it?