Joshua Harris on Humble Orthodoxy
In the last chapter of his book Dug Down Deep, Joshua Harris talked about what he calls humble orthodoxy. Here are some quotes from the chapter:
The solution to arrogant orthodoxy; it’s more. If we truly know and embrace orthodoxy, it should humble us. When we know the truth about God—his power, his greatness, his holiness, his mercy—it doesn’t leave us boasting; it leaves us amazed. It doesn’t lead to a preoccupation with being right but to amazement that we have been rescued. Genuine orthodoxy—the heart of which is the death of God’s Son for undeserving sinners—is the most humbling, human-pride-smashing message in the world. And if we truly know the gospel of grace, it will create in us a heart of humility and grace towards others.1
Do you want to keep your orthodoxy humble? Try to live it. Don’t spend all your time theorizing about it, debating about it, or blogging about it. Spend more energy living the truth you know than worrying about what the next guy does or doesn’t know. Don’t measure yourself by what you know. Measure yourself by your practice of what you know.2
1Joshua Harris, Dug Down Deep (Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah, 2010), 225.
2Harris, Dug Down Deep, 226.