The orthodox Christian theology of Hadley Robinson
by Hadley RobinsonThe PowerPoint presentation found here is about attitude. It is not particularly well done from a presentation viewpoint but the essentials are of note considering that it is a story of someone probably neither religious nor faithful. The manager in the vignette builds up others instead of tearing them down – an uncommon paradigm.
But an essential point made in Scripture remains:Why does the Apostle say rejoice? It is because nothing – absolutely nothing – happens without God. This is such a cornerstone of the exercise of our faith and is taught everywhere in Scripture. Romans 5:3-5 instructs us, for example, to rejoice in our sufferings. Who among even the faithful does not suffer from faithlessness – except when things are going our way? We do not rejoice because it makes us fun to be with or happy all the time but do so because our hope is in the Kingdom that is to come in fullness and that we are the objects – in whatever circumstances – of His love.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:4-5
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:3-5How can we rejoice at all times? It is not our pleasure and purpose that we live for, but His. It is not that we are to feel like lost orphans but that we are to know Him and grow in the qualities of faith that are particularly pleasing to God. These include the qualities mentioned in the passage above. The heathen man is interested in anything but godly hope and character so we should expect that our struggle would be the same.