The word doctrine is an interesting word. It is a word describing the collective teachings or implied understanding of an individual or group. It has been used for a long time in association with religious teachings, philosophy, political and social thought. It is a word in our modern culture that is often deemed as being a negative, to rigid not accommodating.
Doctrine means there are items that bind and boundaries to observe. Doctrine means there is a singular way to see or to analyze actions or deeds. This does not sit well in a culture of relativism and emotionalism. Our culture does not like to be told about boundaries or absolutes or teachings the appear to give a right and wrong. That is to narrow minded.
We need to make and understand these observations that we might truly see the anti-cultural and even radical reality of the gospel of Jesus. When we are confronted with the truth of Jesus we are challenged by God to accept that there is a right and wrong vantage point. We are challenged to know that things are not just preferred or not-preferred but that there is righteousness and sin. We have to fall in love with a concept that is foreign to the thinking of the world around us, is shunned by the world around us and is often attacked by the same world. We have to fall in love with doctrine and most importantly the doctrine of Jesus the Christ.
Don’t get me wrong, it is not just the teaching to which our love must be focused but the whole and full reality of Jesus. But without His doctrine, we can not see as He sees, nor walk as He walks.
“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.” – 2 John 1:9