Let me stimulate your thinking with some introspective questions. What is your view of doctrine? Are you pro-choice or pro-life when it comes to theology in the church? In ther words, are you pro-choice in the sense that you can choose to take theology or leave it at any given time, believing that it is not essential to the practical matters of the church? Or are you pro-life in the sense that you believe theology is essential to living as a Christian and being the church?
Does theology have an intrinsic right to life or can it be exterminated when it is deemed inconvenient?
Is theology something that is brought into existence by God himself? Is the enterprise of thinking about God and his works (i.e. theology) something that is in fact required by God because of the nature of the “living” word (Hebrews 4:12) which scrutinizes and evaluates all things (4:13)?
Our answers to these questions will tell a lot about us. See John MacArthur for a related link: Doctrine is Practical. Here is the introduction: “I have in my library a book by the spiritual father of a quasi-Christian cult. It argues that structured doctrine and systematized theology are contrary to the spirit of Jesus’ ministry. The idea that Christ is anti-doctrine is a foundational belief of that cult…Unfortunately, cultists aren’t alone in their bias against doctrine. Some evangelicals have almost the same perspective. Because they view doctrine as heady and theoretical, they dismiss it as unimportant, divisive, threatening, or simply impractical.”
For those of you who like a challenge, see how many biblical examples you can give of people “doing theology” in Scripture. Then think about whether it is in the area of “doctrinal” or “practical” matters. You might be surprised by the results!