The brain is not a truth-seeker. The brain is a pattern searching, storytelling, survival machine.
Emotions are the physical manifestation of story.
In the life of the church, y’all matter more than you matter but y’all only matters when you find your place in y’all.
Emotion is the raw material of what we are capable of thinking. No matter how grand a thought we have of a castle, what we are capable of building will differ drastically if the raw materials are sand, wood, or stone. Denying the feelings that underlie our thoughts does no more good than living in a castle made of sand.
Matthew 5:18 – “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the moral law until all is accomplished. But good news – I’ve already fulfilled all that tedious civil and ritual stuff, so you can ignore it.” – Jesus 🎉 (apparently)
To believe Christ is to experience the love that embraces all our imperfections and will never let go. Propositional knowledge can articulate that experience or distract from it, but can never mean anything apart from the life and community that embodies the meaning of its claims.
Conservative Christianity expresses the gravity of sin without embodying the community sin breaks. Liberal Christianity expresses the power of love without revealing the community love creates.