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The Theology of the Tire

I love analogies.  This one came to me tonight.

Our theology should be like a well-inflated tire.

If the tire is pumped too full, it becomes rigid.  The slightest stone or pothole causes it to pop rendering the tire not just useless, but shredded.  Like a systematic theology too tightly woven, one problem and the whole thing falls apart.  So the driver spends the majority of his time driving around obstacles, trying to navigate objections and inconsistencies, rather than driving the path of faith.

Looks like a Presbyterian

Looks like a Presbyterian

Meanwhile, if the tire is underinflated, it is likely to blow out or become unbalanced.  Either way, the driver is jerked off the road, unable to drive a straight path.  The tire lacks the stability to withstand the pothole and the car is pulled every which way.

A well-inflated tire is flexible.  A stone or a pothole changes its shape.  The tire adapts to the character of the road, whether a smooth asphalt highway or a bumpy country road.  However, its basic structure and shape remain the same.  The tire shifts and it shapes but it holds to its fundamental character in all seasons.

So that’s my goal – a well-inflated tire theology.  Tune in next week to discuss which denomination is which tire company and consider the resemblance of the late Jerry Falwell to the Michelin Man.

Quote of the Day – “If we insist that we must first prove that God exists before we can turn to God then we shall never find God, because we are trying to treat the God of our being as though God were an intellectual problem that we can solve, define clearly, and then grant him what we consider God’s due.  Such a God does not exist.”  Gerard Hughes, God of Surprises

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