I’ve come to realize that it’s my belief system; my hermeneutic; my doctrine.

I won’t be forced into a false choice between orthodoxy and heterodoxy. Not while there’s an entirely different way of looking at both.

Hopefully, just the way Jesus did.

When needled about his disciples not washing their hands. When reprimanded about healing someone – “doing work” – on the Sabbath. When prodded to choose between giving to God and giving to Caesar. When goaded into judging between a man and his brother – or into judging the fate of a woman caught in adultery.

When He essentially said those many times, “Yes, I know how it reads. But do you know what it means?”


It may not be the only way to believe, but it’s the way I seem to have been pursuing for a long time – and now that I’ve thought about it, I love the precedent and the One who set it.

5 thoughts on “Unorthodoxy

  1. I think I understand, at least what you’re saying. I’m not going to say I completely understand “how it reads” or “what it means” all the time because I want clear lines where Jesus blurs them or blurred lines where He’s drawn them clear. But the lines have to do with the actions, or moreso, the thoughts that precede the actions, if there are any.The complexities of love are difficult for the very reason they’re so simple. And these complexities and simplicities rest in a person and His love for His people. And love always goads one towards action.It seems, then, that people who show the love of Christ to others are always pushing at the confines of othodoxy.

  2. Living in a story where in God is the chief author but we are contributors (at his invitation) is an uneasy position to be in. Allowing the mistaken notion that we can direct the story by limiting what God will write next by what we ahve already written is not only wrong, it’s funny. There is nothing we can write that God cannot turn to make his story seamless. Sin, theologies, doctrines – sure they are all contributions, but God’s story remains the same, no matter he has to change it to make it the same. Sorry to you moderns who just read that last sentence and thought I was doing some crazy double-speak, but unpack it a little and you will see that it makes sense.

  3. I like what you said. I wonder if “unorthodoxy” is what you are after or like DU said, “whatever Doxy Jesus has.” I can’t imagine there being a time when following Jesus isn’t seen as unorthodox in someone’s eyes but I wonder if you would still strive for this should the unorthodox ever become the orthodox.

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