I believe that our theology does make a difference. There is a Rich Mullins song that states how important our theological belief system is. He sang referring to the Apostles Creed, “I did not make it, but it is making me.” I believe that. Our theology is not irrelevant or unimportant, but it forms who we are and how we are to act.
If our theology does not move us to love God and our neighbor more, move us to declare the Christ to the world, and move us to step toward the poor, the disenfranchised and oppressed in a redemptive way, then it may be time to revisit what we believe. In other words, it should make us different....more Kingdom oreinted.
Is your theology having that affect on you? Is your belief in Jesus affecting your thoughts and actions?
Here is one of the most influential creeds in the church’s history (the one Mullins used to compose his song):
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.