Embedded Theology

During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US Army did something on an unprecedented level: it allowed over seven hundred journalists to travel with military units. These journalists were known as “embedded reporters.” One of the things that will come to light through study and understanding of Scripture is embedded theology. What is embedded theology? Well, just like those units of troops had a reporter with them who looked like a soldier but wasn’t, believers are probably carrying beliefs that one might think are Christian but in fact are not. We never want such beliefs to trump Christian ones. An easy example: “God helps those who help themselves.” Nowhere is this found in the Bible, nor does the biblical witness support such a statement, but it is often said in Christian circles. (Find more information on embedded reporters here. Guess which person is the reporter and which person is a soldier in this photo: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/4441056/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/benefitsembedding-reporters/#.XMh7–zYqt0).