“Theology’s constructive task is to set forth the unity and coherence of the biblical teaching about God, ourselves and the world in the context in which God calls us to be disciples.”
Grenz and Olson (page 104) (Grenz)
I just wrote job descriptions for my media-arts business and ministry and the similarities of functions in our small body of workers reflect the definition of the constructive task of Theology. The whole mission of being a “Trusted Envoy” surrounds the sub-mission and obedience to God’s will and The Great Commission. What sets our mission apart is to diminish ego, to increase in Christ-like behavior and to influence the world, bring clarity to the purpose of each ones gifts and talents. As I was inspired to bring unity and coherence to the creative process, the production elements, and the distribution of the body of work we are called as a team to work on, I am struck by the Biblical mindset based on Theology’s constructive task in creation, motive, approach, and prayer. This is the Biblical Mindset that I have been trying to convey to constituents, media professionals, and our audience for the last eleven years. I liken the constructive task to the difference between a “think tank” and a “Development tank.” The difference is that we all can sit around and talk about the things we think, yet that’s just the start. Putting think into action or doing is really the art and science of context in theology’s constructive task. Building is constructive, hypothesis, and theory development and practicing the worldview and the mindset in our thoughts and in our words, in our media and in our art. That is what we aim to do at Envoy House, at Studio Envoy both virtually and through integrative media.
1. What is an “integrative motif?”
“The integrative motive is the central idea that provides the thematic perspective in light of which the theologian understands all other theological concepts and gives them their relative meaning or value.” Grenz and Olson (page 116)
Through interviews and reviews we wind up reading doctrine and orthodoxy for our clients and subjects. The major theological perspectives on anything from confession to communion are interesting to ponder. We tend to put them into certain bins and to create moreover the context of the Biblical Truth that we rely on. At Focus on the Family there are Orthodoxy meetings once a week where we will talk about the mindset and worldviews of businesses, ministries, denominations, and associations. There it is decided who we can work with and what we agree on and eliminate the minor doctrine in our messaging. We might acknowledge the differences in our belief systems, yet we bring out the major theological doctrine that we do agree on and focus on those messages. This is helpful in understanding and aligning our thoughts and messages where value is placed and can place lesser value on the disagreeable context thus bringing unity to the body by placing proper value on doctrine and orthodoxy.
2. What is the relationship between theology and life?
The single thing that separates how and for what purpose humans were created and all other living things was our quest for knowledge and truth about that knowledge! Life is a constant search for better information, and in that quest there is a burden to eliminate some of the hypothesis thinking. There are many things that theology has not proved in actuality, yet at the same time faith, Biblical Truth, and the power of Prayer, that God has a desire and a design for us to be in communication with Him and to have relationship with us are theories that have evidence that goes beyond scientific research. The existence of Christ, His work, His life, and the work that is done in the lives of people through the Spirit are consistent scientific connections that link life on earth to the Kingdom. The opponents, the culture war, the fight between good and evil are real, tangible elements that the Bible is a source of truth and contains countless examples on how to live and survive beyond this world. Biblical and Christian Theology play out in World History like no other book. From accounts, stories, letters, songs, and words of wisdom, the Bible brings to life the messages that God wants the Human Race to know. At the same time the enemy goes through great effort to prevent the Word from seeping into His ransom of our mindset. The Big Picture is that we can look at our world through a theological lens and see the battle that ensues on a 24 hour basis. For every truth in that perspective there are 7 dishonest proclamations and myths invented by the enemy and people he is holding hostage as prisoners of war. These POW’s are people who have bought the lies and at the same time whom Christ gave His life for! Biblical and Christian Theology is a choice that cuts through distortion, and is the difference between clarity and confusion. When we choose to reflect on the ways of God, follow the actions of the Son, and allow our movement to be directed by the promptings of the Spirit, we engage the culture through the Science of Christian Theology living our lives to honor the Triune God.
3. What is the Christian theological task?
The application of the theology is the theological task. If theology presents God’s Truth and we apply that truth to our articles, our websites, our songs, broad-stream and podcasts that theological truth is being applied to our work. If by the books we author, the films we make, the advertising that we are creating, and the workshops, the theatre, and the media-arts we present than we are presenting truth. As Jesus did in His great parables a nugget or many nuggets of truth can be panned in every line. This is the theological task applying truth to other sciences such as psychology, sociology, and anthropology allows theology to lend clear perspective. It is our theological task to bring these thoughts and sciences “obedient” in the messaging to the culture. They are obedient to Christ and take His life, His sacrifice, and His Resurrection into account when studying God’s design and creation.