In a society largely devoid of orthodox theology, Christians should continue to sing the great hymns to better understand the important foundational stones upon which their faith rests, Joni Eareckson Tada says.
“I don’t know that many lay Christians study orthodox theology,” Tada, founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, told The Christian Post. “We do Bible studies and become involved with Bible study fellowship, but there isn’t an urge among most lay Christians to study systematic theology, the great doctrines of the faith, the doctrine of Hell and Heaven, grace, sin, salvation.”
“These are all important foundational stones upon which our faith rests. So few people actually delve into those deep waters. But when we sing great hymns of the faith, we are learning great doctrine and we don’t even know it.”
Tada pointed to “Rock of Ages” as an example of a “timeless hymn that showcases the great doctrines of the faith.” Written in 1763 by the Rev. Augustus Toplady, the hymn include the lines: “Rock of Ages, cleft for me/Let me hide myself in Thee/Let the water and the blood/From Thy riven side which flowed/Be of sin the double cure/Save me from its guilt and power.”
“Right there you’ve got, why have I been saved? I’ve been saved to serve and not sin,” she said.
The same ease with which we memorize jingles on TV or the radio should be applied to hymns, Tada posited, adding: “Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of memorizing jingles, we had hymns coursing through our mind and memory throughout the day? We’d be rehearsing these powerful doctrines that would transform our hearts and minds.”
Tada shared how hymns have sustained her through numerous trials: The 69-year-old became quadriplegic 51 years ago in a diving accident. New health problems arose during her second bout with breast cancer, which doctors discovered in November of last year, along with pulmonary hypertension and pneumonia.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett