I consider Facebook a wonderful tool that helps me to stay current with various friends and past acquaintances. However, there are times I am grieved to witness friends and previous colleagues make choices that contradict God’s Word, will, and plan. Today has been one of those times. I have become fatigued with the tiresome concepts of dialogue, meta narratives, generous spaciousness, and pseudo-intellects who rally the cry to always question church tradition (which often implies orthodoxy) and berate the world of evangelicalism. I am weary of those who arrogantly proclaim that they have a new enlightenment of Scripture and that previous church fathers, considered pillars of the Faith, were inept in their understanding.
I grieve over those that say in today’s age to desire a sound apologetic is more about my desire to be right than to be loving. But, I ask, isn’t the pursuit of competently and compassionately presenting God’s truth the most loving thing one can do in this world? I will not behave as I’ve witnessed others by playing the “angry prophet” or interacting in a way that reeks of arrogance and self-righteous indignation. (There are those I have refused to partner with for this very reason.) Nor will I join the cheer in celebrating one’s bad choice to be perceived as loving and supporting.
Of course, I am not suggesting that we refrain from thinking and pursuing deeper understandings of culture, Scripture, and humanity. We, as Christians, are called to be thinkers and pursuers of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. But the attitude of our minds must be tempered with the redemptive grace and truth of the Gospel. Not our self-driven agendas that seek to justify for our sinful pride or fleshly desire.
Stewardship of our thinking and orthodox interpretation of Scripture is, what I believe, the most critical aspect of a believer’s walk. I have watched false teaching and misinterpretation lead many I’ve known to false assurance and certain peril. We each are responsible to hold dear the foundational truths of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Sin, Salvation, and the Cross. The pursuit of absolute truth is not elitism as some would say, rather it is an essential virtue in an authentic relationship with Christ.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – Ephesians 4:3-4