Much of my life has been so taken up with secondary matters, which have their place, and are even important in trying to understand and piece together, so as to better understand the whole. But I have all too often been left empty in the process, essentially missing the point.
I would rather be off track a little, but be majoring in the point of it all, rather than be lost in the details of just how we can be as correct in belief and practice as possible. Believe me, there’s no end to that. It can happen in a good number of ways. For me in the past it was translating scripture, or more precisely in my case, the translations of scripture. Or just what is the church, and what church is closest to the truth in faith and practice. It’s probably okay, and even good to dip into such thoughts and study here and there. But beware. It can have a compelling, alluring draw, which ends up being a pull into destructive waters, which even if not destructive, paradoxically leave one high and dry.
We need to major on the majors: the gospel as revealed to us in Jesus within the four gospel accounts, in the writings of Paul, and in the rest of the New/Final Testament. The church, comprised of all who have put their faith in Christ, who have been baptized, and partake together of the Eucharist/ Holy Communion. Loving God with all our being and doing, and loving our neighbor as ourselves, including even our enemies. Making up for what I consider lost ground in including more within liturgy of the Sermon on the Mount, with the Beatitudes, etc.
None of us will get it all right, and that includes even those within the Great Tradition. And it’s not that we shouldn’t consider just what our foundation and interpretation is, though we should learn from each other, and keep it as simple as possible, within the bounds of scripture as understood by the church at large.
This is a pet peeve of mine in that I’ve been so often sidetracked by it, yesterday being an example of that, which anymore is an exception, thankfully, rather than the rule. We humbly go on in what we do have, trusting in God through the Spirit to lead us on to the end, to his praise and glory, and for the good of all in his will in Jesus.