Linus & sound theology

Coming to theatres this November is a new movie called, “The Peanuts Movie.”

As you might have guessed, it’s about the old “Peanuts” kids — Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the others, as well as, of course, a dog named Snoopy.king, jake-clr

I spent a lot of time reading “Peanuts” comic strips when I was a kid. Recently I came across a “Peanuts” comic strip on Facebook, and I wanted to tell you about it.

It shows Linus and Lucy (who, you might remember, are brother and sister) staring out a window at the pouring down rain. Lucy says to Linus, “Boy, look at it rain. What if it floods the whole world?”

And then Linus replies, “It will never do that. In the ninth chapter of Genesis God promised Noah that would never happen again, the sign of the promise is the rainbow.”

Then Lucy smiles and says, “You’ve taken a great load off my mind.”

And Linus responds, “Sound theology has a way of doing that!”

I love Linus’ statement. Sound theology (i.e., a healthy study about God) does indeed have a way of taking a great load off of a person’s mind. And this is true when it comes to physical things, and it’s also true when it comes to spiritual things.

Think about each of these with me.

First, sound theology has a way of taking a great load off a person’s mind when it comes to physical things. You can derive great comfort, for example, by studying what’s promised by God in Matthew 6:25-34.

That’s the passage where Jesus says things such as: “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. … But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (verses 25 and 33 NIV).

And then, of course, there’s Psalm 23, which begins, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want” (verse 1 NIV).

Linus was right. Sound theology has a way of taking a great load off a person’s mind — and this is true when it comes to physical things.

Furthermore, sound theology has a way of taking a great load off a person’s mind when it comes to spiritual things. You can derive great comfort, for example, by studying what’s promised by God in 1 John 1:7.

That’s the verse that says: “but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (NASB).

Another comforting verse is Nehemiah 9:17, which assures us that God is “a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (ESV).

Linus was right. Sound theology has a way of taking a great load off a person’s mind — and this is true when it comes to spiritual things.

By Jake King

(Jake King is the preacher at Seneca Church of Christ. He can be reached at (417) 776-3077.)

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