For several weeks now I have wanted to mention the term humble orthodoxy in a blog post. This is a term and campaign championed by Joshua Harris and New Attitude. The word humble means a lack of arrogance. It is an attitude of modesty. Orthodoxy means to be sound or correct in doctrine. Together these words convey the message of pursuing sound doctrine in accordance with God and His Word in a manner that lacks haughtiness. It is a pursuit of truth in doctrine and deed. It is a great phrase. I believe it is a concept and attitude that is largely absent in many Christian lives. Too often we get caught up in proclaiming the truth in a manner that is arrogant, combative, and even rude. Though we should never hesitate to stand firm for the gospel, we should always do it in an attitude of humility. Truth and love should go hand in hand. As Josh and New Attitude say:
“Humble orthodoxy is a commitment to believing, living, and representing the truth with humility. We believe that God’s truth in Scripture should not be redefined or reinvented to suit our own preferences or culture. Our role is not to change truth but to let truth change us.
It’s not a revolution. It’s not a movement. It’s a group of people in local churches, passionate about rediscovering truth and recommitting to it. We stand on the shoulders of those who have followed God before us. So this is what we offer to the conversation:
Forget reinvention. Embrace a humble orthodoxy.”