knowing faith or living faith?
I’m one of those people that loves to find that perfect balance between price and performance. There is something about getting the “most” out of something that I just find fun. I am always thinking about the best way to drive to save the most gas. Whenever I build / buy a new computer I look for that sweet spot of price and performance. I even do this when I buy sports tickets. I know, it’s a bit weird. But I also love it.
Sometimes this becomes a bit of an obsession. For instance, in the last couple of weeks I’ve spent countless hours trying to figure out which surge protector to buy for my TV. Most people just go to the store and buy the cheapest (or most expensive one). Not me. I need to figure out exactly how many outlets I need. Then I have to find which stores have the best deals. And in the case of these power strips, I wanted to find out what the level of “ideal” protection was needed. To further complicate this choice there are a new line of power strips that cut down on “phantom power” use. (Phantom Power is the power a device draws when turned “off.”)
No matter how hard I looked, I kept running into a problem: no one would explain what the energy ratings really meant. Exactly what is a joule? How many do I need as protection?
I’ve realized that I know nothing about electricity. I don’t know how it works. I can’t explain basic concepts like Watts and Amps. I have no idea how it’s made or how it powers my devices. Yet I also know I believe in electricity. Even though I can’t see it, I know it’s there.
Frankly that sounds a lot like faith.
Most Christians couldn’t hope to explain their beliefs. They don’t know how it works. They can’t explain basic concepts like the Original Sin or Atonement. And while this is a bad thing (you really should know why you believe what you believe), people still believe.
So why is this lack of knowledge the lynchpin of so many arguments against Christians?
A lack of knowledge doesn’t mean something isn’t true. As I’ve said, I haven’t got a clue of how electricity powers my laptop. But I know that it works. I know that somehow it comes from the outside into my computer. Just because I can’t explain how doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
Should I know more about electricity? Absolutely. But there is also only so much time in life to do things. Sometimes it’s more important to live out a belief than to know about a belief.
When God says things like, “well done my good and faithful servant” he isn’t congratulating people for passing Theology 405. He’s congratulating them for living out a life of faith.
Knowledge is important. But not as important as living.