When composing my latest sermon, I thought, “Isn’t it funny how theology really does play out into all areas of existence?”
Even in tennis.
Before the great schism and the formation of the National Association of Hard Complementarians, my wife (Sheryl) and I used to play mixed doubles with Pastor Randy and Mrs Hawk. There was even the possibility that we would invite Postmodernist Christians but they believe, in flat contradiction to the Plain Meaning of Scripture (Acts 20:24; Gal. 2:2; 1 Cor. 9:24-26; 2 Tim. 4:7), that there’s nothing to be gained in labelling people “losers” and that we are all in fact “winners” just for taking part.
While we instead followed the Plain Meaning of Scripture, I noticed something interesting. Pastor Randy was hitting the ball equally as hard at me and my wife and even said that if she couldn’t hack it she shouldn’t be on the tennis court. He would also step in and take Mrs Hawk’s volleys as often as possible. That’s Hard Complementarianism in action, I thought.
I, on the other hand, saw how mixed doubles could also be more softly complementarian. I would pat my serves to Mrs Hawk but really hit my serves hard to Pastor Randy. Even though I would win most of our points, I encouraged my wife when she felt like “a let down”, tell her that she isn’t a bad player and that she should stick to those shots she’s good at, usually when returning Mrs Hawk’s serves. That’s Soft Complementarianism in action, I thought.
What other areas of life do you see theology in action? Join the debate!