Had Home Group back on tonight after a two week absence, and there was definitely some meat in what came out of the night. While there were a lot of posers for the evening, the one that has my mind stretched beyond what it can bear has to do with the balance between being an experiential and passionate person who seeks God by putting yourself in a position to experience what God is doing, and being a seeker of the word, and someone who is determined to find the truth through meditating on God's word.
So we spoke a little about what some of the bad fruit can be if you are pushed too far in either direction, where theological type people have a tendency to lean towards becoming legalistic, and experiential people can stray from having a complete understanding. And we discussed finding the balance as (fitting in with the metaphor of the night) being in tune with God's song, and that the balance was somewhere in the middle.
Now maybe it's just that I've got a natural tendency towards being logical and "straight down the line" with things, and know that I need to free myself up a bit, but I tend to think that maybe the "in tune" line isn't quite at the center of the continuum. That while Jesus had plenty of unhappiness for what the Pharisees were on about, I struggle to see quite as much wrath from Jesus for people who were a bit too "let's just do the stuff and she'll be right". (Which for non-australians roughly translates as "everything will be OK")
Now I know that you can't have a complete theology based on what Jesus didn't say, but does the point make sense for people? It just seems to me that the church doesn't really seem to be in danger of being excessively prone to "doin' the stuff" (two Wimberisms this week already, the pastor will be pleased). What do you think? I'd love to hear feedback – don't make the mistake of thinking that this is a really solid position, I'm just trying to work this stuff out by writing.