Faith As Allegiance, Not Assent
Here’s a quote that might go against the grain of what is predominantly taught in conservative evangelical circles. The more I look at how faith is described in the Bible and exercised in the narrative of scripture, the more I think it is a good representation of biblical faith:
“Biblical faith isn’t about trying to attain certainty; it’s about committing to a course of action in the face of uncertainty.” – Greg Boyd
Faith is not mere mental assent to a set of biblical propositions. Nor is it just believing the “right” doctrines. It is allegiance to the Lord Jesus expressed in a willingness to obey his commands regardless of the outcome. The word “faith” itself implies a level of uncertainty; we don’t know how things will end up when we commit to following Jesus, but we trust in and exercise loyalty towards our Lord Jesus without a shred of concern for ourselves. That’s how we show we truly love Him.
“They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me, and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” (John 14:21; NRSV)