Right thinking. Right living.

ortho- |ˈɔrθoʊ|

1 • right; correct:

orthodoxy

2 Christian orthodoxies: doctrine, belief, conviction, creed, dogma, credo, theory, tenet, teaching.

praxis |ˈpraksəs|

noun formal

practice, as distinguished from theory: the gap between theory and praxis, text and world.

 

I have spent the last 9 years working on the completion of my Masters of Arts in Theology. Despite the many sacrifices and a lot of whining, as I near the end (16 of 96 credits remaining) I believe it has been worth it.

Along the way I have crossed paths with a lot of people who are passionate about orthodoxy– in this case I mean a lot of people who are passionate about right (ortho) believing or thinking (doxy). I am grateful for these people whose shoulders I can stand on. I appreciate orthodoxy but I am not passionate about it.

I also know a lot of people who are only passionate about right (ortho) actions (praxy). I don’t think this is possible.

Our actions are informed by our beliefs whether we recognize it or not.

I am not passionate about either.

I am passionate about the bridge that turns orthodoxy into orthopraxy. 

How do we turn right thinking into right living?

How do I as an individual do this?

How do we as followers of Christ do this?

How do we as a society turn right thinking into right action?

James 2:14

The Message (MSG)

Faith in Action

14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

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