“…but wisdom is knowing what to do in the 90% of all life situations where the moral rules don’t really apply….”
- Tim Keller in his May 22, 2011 Sunday sermon
Dietrich Bonhoeffer states in his tome on Ethics that the Christian life is not about being overly concerned about the right and wrongs of life but rather living in the commandment of God expressed in the permission He gives. This somewhat seems to align with the above quote by Tim Keller. Many conservative Christians paralyze their lives by over stressing the moral laws. Of course, morality is important, but if Keller and Bonhoeffer are correct in their interpretation, it seems natural to ask the question: What is holiness then?
If 90 percent of all life situations isn’t directly about figuring out the strict right and wrongness of our actions, what does it mean to do righteousness in that 90 percent? What does it mean to be holy in that 90 percent? What is wisdom’s relationship to holiness?