Are we giving as much energy to obeying and being transformed by God’s Word personally as we are to criticizing its detractors? This is Joshua Harris’s test question for determining whether we are pursuing humble orthodoxy, which he explains in his new book Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High without Putting People Down.
I think it’s embarrassing when I hear Christians bludgeoning each other with their pet doctrines or pounding others over the head in judgment. Humble orthodoxy is committing ourselves to holding on to truth and never giving up on showing love to others. It doesn’t mean being hesitant where God has been plain and clear. It means standing for truth with a tear in our eye. And it means living it – embodying the truth that you know and teach.
Joshua Harris points out that there is a difference between having a critical mind that carefully evaluates and having a critical spirit that loves to tear down and belittle. Humble orthodoxy squelches pride as it holds out the truth while loving his neighbor and his enemy.
Maybe you believe that hell is a real place and your Christ-following friend does not. Before trying to spout out all of the supporting Scripture, think – do you live like you believe it? Are you trying to “save” as many people from hell as you can because you know how horrifying it is? Maybe your friend believes in a health-wealth gospel, and you don’t. Are you living a life of accumulating things and feel like God is blessing you because you are so good?
This is a short book of 60 pages that offers much food for thought and discussion. The size and depth of this book along with the discussion guide in the back would make it a great one-month study for a small group, for partnering with a friend, or even just to ponder alone. I highly recommend this short read to any Christ follower who is passionate about what they believe.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review.