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A. W. Tozer: Think Accurately of God

15 October 2007

McGuiggan’s tagline is “Think Noble Thoughts of God.” Yes, for our sake rather than his. A. W. Tozer’s take on it is that we should think accurately of God:

Our idea of God [should] correspond as nearly as possible to the true being of God…A right conception of God is to practical Christian living, what the foundation is to the temple; where it is inadequate or out of plumb the whole structure must sooner or later collapse. I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignorant thoughts about God.

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When many of us hear the word “theology,” we shiver and run, or we tune out, thinking that theology is a specialized discipline for pointy-headed academics and other people without a life. I think, however, that our problem is the same problem my sons used to have with mathematics: our attention span is too short to discern theology’s essential relevance to life. But the truth is that we can no more function well in a commercial society or build a square, balanced fence-gate without an accurate understanding of arithmetic or geometry. We’d rather get on to other things, like playing outside with our friends, or soothing our cares and griefs with a bleached-tooth, Pollyanna gospel and some pop worship tunes.

Theology simply means going to the effort to learn about an unfamiliar God who actually lives and interacts with us. Is that so daunting a task? Only in the sense that we will never get it fully right. But the consistent testimony of the Scriptures is that if we “seek him with all of [our] heart[s], we will surely find” him. We will find God to an extent that is appropriate to us and to our understanding.

So it is not enough to adopts someone else’s caricature of God and let it go at that. We must be theologians, every last one of us.

qb

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