do people think theologically?

I had a good hard sleep last night, after 2 nights of tossin’-n’-turnin’, so that felt good.. awoke to watch a DVD rental by mail titled “Husbands and Wives”, a Woody Allen flick; I’d never sat through one of his movies before.. he reminds me of George Costanza and Larry David’s character on Curb Your Enthusaism.. (I could make hyperlinks for the aforementioned items, but think I’ll leave this a linkless entry). Have been having many thoughts about things, so there’s more brain activity in my midst..

I was thinking (or dreaming) of what an ideal response would be to one of my sermons [pastors have dreams too, and mine are not ones of grandeur, growing a megachurch, or seeing streams of people respond to some antiquated altar call, or wails of repentance], that people would be lining up to talk with me, to ask good questions about what I’d shared, to discuss it, to want to think more about what I had said.. but in reality, people don’t do that, not b/c of what I say, or my ability to speak, or lack there of.. I’ve found that people do the church thing, and don’t really think, discuss, or pontificate about theology the way that pastors and theoblogians talk about these great things about God and life and the world.. people get on with their lives, making a living, raising a family, being with friends, doing entertainment, movies, restaurants, shopping, or for the younger ones, doing school, or various stages of relationships, be it dating, engagement, marriage, family planning, kids in school, saving for college, and starting the cycle again.. the average joe sitting in the pew is not asking the great, or not so great, questions about theology.. tho’ they do ask questions about everyday life.. some of which have God answers, many of which don’t.

Now, given that most people don’t think about God all that much, except in moments of crisis or ecstacy, is this to say that perhaps what pastors, theologians, and theoblogians are thinking about things that don’t matter and answering questions that people aren’t asking, OR that people aren’t thinking about things that matter and aren’t asking good questions?

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  1. elijah says:

    I read your post earlier this morning, and I can’t get what you said out of my head. For a pastor, God and theology is a day to day reality, but for everyone else, it’s more about day to day life experiences. How do the two reconcile? My thought for the week, hehe.

  2. tim says:

    hm, it seems like we’re assuming that God doesn’t have any relevance with real life. to me, that is the greatest challenge of the pastor, to lead people to and through that vital intersection of faith and “real life”, and even beyond that, to bring them into dynamic encounters with God himself where he invades every aspect of their life. theologians, on the other hand, i’m not so sure about… 🙂