Not Just A Blonde

We are "Not Just" who we seem to be on this Earthly plane, but so much more. We are ALL children of a loving God who is calling us home to Love. This blog is dedicated to those of us on that journey together…

In the past few months I have begun to romanticize a life that would center around religious reading, meditation and contemplation. Oh, what a lovely life it would be! How wonderful it would be to spend my days praying, reading spiritual books and researching the Bible, talking to others and thinking about things of a spiritual nature from dawn to dusk! I could indulge into spirituality without the distractions and time constraints of my worldly life.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy my work of being a healthcare professional… I do! I do!  It just seems there just isn’t enough time during the day.. the week, the month… the year to absorb and dwell on things “greater than myself” other than my small little life here on Earth. It is is just I find myself craving more time to explore “the more” of God.

The life of a full-time theologian seems so idealistic! My primary life focus would be directly related to God stuff… the “big stuff” that really matters… not the meaningless little stuff that seems to fill up my secular and utterly ordinary life. It would be my job to read and study about the Divine reasoning behind our existence… not an extra curricular activity squeezed into the moments between life’s other distractions and demands!

A few months ago during a women’s small group at church I asked the women “Who would go to seminary if it were fully paid for and all your needs were met?” There were only two of us who enthusiastically agreed it would be awesome! The rest of the group looked at us like we’d lost our minds… and perhaps we had!

Of course, the conversation immediately was steered to how unpractical this idea was… not to mention: What about the children?! I mentioned the possibility of an on-line option but I think at that point it was clear… I was just dreaming a theoretical dream of living the life of a theologian… not the wannabe variety I felt like I was settling for.

But wait. A thought came into my mind! What is a theologian? Although it it commonly understood as someone who studies God professionally… couldn’t it also apply to those of us who study God in the “school of life” with the Holy Spirit guiding our curriculum and assigning our professors? But how is the term theologian defined?

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers:

theologian /ˌθɪəˈləʊdʒɪən/ n

a person versed in or engaged in the study of theology, esp Christian theology

Within this definition I see myself… by far no expert in my knowledge of God, however, yet more than just a “wannabe” for sure! By this simple definition I am a theologian… an everyday, ordinary one… with no formal degree or certificate required!

So what does it take to become a theologian? Nothing more than the willingness and desire to understand God. By reading the Bible, spending time in meditation and prayer, pondering life’s meaning, thinking spiritual thoughts… or just by reading a blog such as this qualifies you as a theologian as well… an everyday theologian, just like me!

As Pastor Robb Ryerse put it so eloquently in his book Fundamorphosis: 


“You do not need a Bible college or seminary degree to be a theologian. Nor do you need a professional theologian to verify your wonderings and wanderings. You don’t need to know all the proper theological labels to explore the big questions. You don’t need to be able to spell infralapsarianism to wonder if God loves you and how to experience that love. You are free to question, to doubt, to wonder, and to wander. You are free to explore and to think and to believe. Theology is open before you like a clear blue sky ready for you to float into it and be carried away to greater heights of understanding and love.”

So, perhaps being a professional theologian is not my calling… and that’s okay by me! But I am more than just a wannabe theologian… but a true God-seeking gal wanting to bring a little bit of Heaven unto Earth every day as directed by Him. God is present in our ordinary moments of life as much as He is present in the Church’s sanctuary. He is with all of us reaching back as we reach towards Him. So, everyday folks like you and me shouldn’t feel like we are just wannabe theologians… as we are the real deal.

In fact, I think us everyday theologians play an important part in God’s Ultimate Plan… living our ordinary lives we are able to reach out and touch others who would be unreachable by those whose theological responsibilities lie elsewhere. We can experience God in our own unique way, being used for His Purpose… even if it’s not our “official job”. You see, just by being engaged in seeking God and with the desire to understand Him… anyone and everyone can be a theologian!

~ Not Just A Blonde

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7 thoughts on “Not Just A Wannabe Theologian…

  1. Theology is simply a way of trying to piece together what is revealed in the Bible about God. It is the duty of every Christian to formulate a healthy theological understanding of Him.

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    1. I agree. I believe it is important to spend time with Him and listen to His Voice and read/study/meditate on His Word. Many Christians prefer instead to rest on their stated beliefs and to get their further understanding presented to them on Sunday mornings by a “professional” theologian. I was one of those Christians as well, so I am hesitant to judge… yet now I am in a different place on my spiritual path. I value my pastor’s insights greatly and feel my faith is richer for it, yet I believe it to be supplemental to my own time with Him. I thank you for your comment and I hope to hear from you again.

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      1. Many Christians fall prey to bad theology because they fail to compare what their pastor is telling them with Scripture. It’s our job to evaluate the pastor’s teaching according to the word of God. The Bible is our source of truth, not the pastor. So be the best theologian you can be 🙂

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  2. Oh to be a professional theologian! I took a few classes in Seminary but was unable to continue because my education wasn’t paid for me and my daily needs were not met, so I had to pursue a career. However, I continue to read the scholars!

    I can’t believe that out of that group of people only two would want to study theology. But I agree with you that we can study theology on our own if we have the right resources. One of the advantages of a theological education is that it provides those resources and the big perspective.

    Congrats to you as you continue studying theology!

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    1. An amateur I will be, but that’s okay by me! God needs us all in different places, doing different things, using our different gifts so we can reach different people in different ways! Perhaps by being a professional I would not be able to be used by Him where He needs me most. It really would be fun though… and you never know… one day perhaps a door will open for me or for you!

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      1. Yes! Perhaps such a day will come! But in the meantime, God needs people with gifts in all areas. And that includes amateur theologians.

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