Been away for a while. In fact, I am still away in Mexico. Just a few thoughts:
The great interprative principle of our faith is the Love of God in Jesus Christ. (For this Love is Wisdom)
For example, Christian martyrdom is not considered to be such an exalted gift and call because a Christian Martyr dies for our cause – for our faith, but only because no greater love hath a man…
There is no greater response to the Love of God in Christ, the Love which gives over life for the beloved, than to give up our lives for love of God, and for the love of the faith which He has given to us, for the truth that He is. This response of love is the same Love as the gift. The Martyr, and every Christian willing to be martyred, is caught up in that Love by grace. We exalt Christian martyrdom, therefore, as an exalted maifestation of the Love of God in Christ. We do not exalt Christian martyrdom as a partisan of some idea or principle exalts dying for the cause. Nor does Accepting death for the sake of the truth even capture the whole picture. The Love of God in Jesus Christ alone is the true glory of the Christian Martyr, and the real reason why Christian martyrdom is greater than other martyrdoms.
Try prayerfully using the Love of God in Christ as an interpretive principle. Meditate on this Love, always think about it. And if ever someone asks you why Christians do this or that strange thing, always in your explanation bring them to the Love of God in Jesus Christ. For this Love is the Gospel that we proclaim.