Theology matters, is deeply personal, and always relevant. What we need to do today is trade in self-help for sound theology.
In his classic work, Knowing God, J.I. Packer reminds us, “We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God. Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life, blindfolded, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you.”
Only a brief glance around our culture and our colleges reveals that there is a lot of stumbling and blundering going on. But it does not have to be this way...if we will begin to think theologically.
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord” (Jer. 9:23-24 NASB)