We live in a world of sound bites. Viral video’s will often be short (5 min at most) in length. Facebook is flooded life statements printed on a nifty instagramed photo. If it’s not digested quickly, we tend to move along.
No matter what we think about a world like this, it’s the reality of our “plugged in” life.
Theology has historically been the discipline of thinking well about God. Often times that “thinking well” was expressed in lectures, big books, and other generally non-sound bite friendly ways. While I think that we need more than a 60 second video to talk well about theology, I’m wondering if there are phrases we can craft that invite us to unpack the thought and talk about theology. I don’t claim to do this well… heck, I tend to ramble on like a hyped up 2-year-old. But it is something I think is valuable to do.
So, here is a short list of theological statements that I think invite people to have a good think/conversation about.
- Theology is everywhere
- Fools and asshats: we will all get a seat at the table
- Jesus is our gospel
- Sin isn’t what you do; it’s how you are
- Salvation is the rest of God
- We aren’t saved yet
- All will be well
I’m curious, what do you think about when you hear these statements? Do they make you want to hear more? Do you write them off? Are they just a sound bite to pass over? What would you add to the list?
Help me re-think how we can invite people to talk seriously about Jesus, gospel, and theology in an instant age.