Tweet Creed Meme

Memes seem to be like busses, you don’t see one for ages, then two come along at once. Lingamish has tagged me with another meme asking me to produce a basic Christian creed in 140 characters or less.

I don’t have time to really explore this at the moment, but I’ve been pondering the relationship between orthodoxy (believing the right stuff) and orthopraxy (doing the right stuff). David’s challenge states:

If someone sincerely confessed this creed you would:

  1. Consider them to be a brother or sister in Christ.
  2. Believe that they are true believers and inheritors of eternal life.

But I’m not entirely sure that any statement of faith would fully convince me of these things. I would want to see evidence of their faith worked out in actions too – by their fruits you will know them. I realise that this seems to go against the Evangelical view that salvation is by faith alone, but equally I believe that faith will produce concrete actions. So with all due respect for my esteemed colleague, I’m going to forgoe this meme till I can work out what my thoughts are on the subject. Sorry, David.

Update. Today’s cartoon from ASBO Jesus might have something to add to the subject – or it might not, but it is funny.

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3 replies on “Tweet Creed Meme”

It’s funny how much trouble those 2 clauses gave people. And I laughed out loud at “esteemed colleague.” That was the standard preface from our director when our monthly reports were late.

Two words: dynamic tension. So many things in the Christian faith are held in dynamic tension: faith and deeds, engaging the world and escaping its evils, contextualizing the Gospel without modifying the gospel.

Regarding orthodoxy and orthopraxy, the Bible is clear on one thing: faith comes before deeds, so orthodoxy still has its place. I think the only place I would disagree with Mr. Ker might be on its role in identifying other brothers and sisters in Christ.

I’m with you entirely on this Nick. I think that David actually shot himself in the virtual foot by putting in the suggestion that this was how we should identify a brother or sister in Christ. If he’d asked me simply to sum up my own faith in 140 characters I’d have been forced to give another answer.

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