1 • right; correct:
2 Christian orthodoxies: doctrine, belief, conviction, creed, dogma, credo, theory, tenet, teaching.
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?
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?