Christians must care deeply about theology. If the true God is renewing our lives and calling us to worship him “in spirit and truth” (Jn 4:23), then such worship includes our thoughts, words, affections and actions. Do we want to worship Yahweh or waste time and effort on a deity we have constructed in our own image?
Sociologist Alan Wolfe has criticized contemporary evangelical churches for mirroring the self-centered aspects of American culture “Television, publishing, political campaigning, education, self-help advice-all increasingly tell Americans what they already want to hear. Religion, it would seem, should now be added to that list.” One great danger of idols is that we try to fill our souls with what cannot satisfy, and then in our loneliness, questions and despair we wonder where God is. We were created for fellowship with God, and apart from that communion we are lost. Theology is about life, and it is not a conversation our souls can afford to avoid.
~A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology by Kelly M. Kapic