We live in a time where everyone’s opinion is to get equal hearing. The internet and social media have given a vast majority the ability to express their views and have them read/heard at virtually that same moment. The current culture says to embrace all views because truth is relative; what’s true for you may not be for another. This approach does not want to hinder anyone from expressing their beliefs. In fact, it seems to me the more unconventional one claims to be, the more that view is accepted.
Yet, there is a disconnect between this warm and fuzzy approach and reality. If current culture is as open as it claims to be, why is it a traditional belief, that being Jesus is Lord, is shunned as narrow or closed-minded? Please note that I am not defending the long-standing approach of the institutional Church. Mankind has basically made a shamble of it and because of this I understand why so many stay away religiously. What I am standing up for is the all-encompassing truth found in the Bible.
Relativism says that what’s true for you may not be for another. Biblical truth, on the other hand, is true for/to all. That doesn’t mean it is agreeable to everyone. If my believing whole-heartedly in the eternal validity of the Scriptures makes me rigid in your eyes, I am truly sorry for your misunderstanding. I may indeed misrepresent the truth I believe in by my thoughts or insensitive actions, but that’s on me, not God.
God’s truth applies to everyone, regardless of your denial of it. I don’t mean to sound ‘holier-than-thou’ by expressing this when in fact the opposite is true. It is only through humbly accepting and then allowing God’s truth to lead me that I can ever come close to sharing what I have experienced in my walk of faith.
What is this faith I claim to walk in? The Bible defines it this way: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV). I look at this definition as being in two parts. The first is the easier: being sure of what I hope for. I know the true longings of my heart and have put my hope for their fulfillment in God.
It is the latter part of Hebrews 11:1 that has caused me some consternation. Whereas as my hope is a somewhat less tangible thing, certainty in things I cannot see tends to fly in the face of my tactile tendencies. Therefore, I do have empathy for those who want to see before committing. There is an inevitable tension there. The only way I have found to resolve this tension is to willingly submit to the authority God has over my life.
To do so requires that I recognize God for being who he says he is. To the nonbeliever this sounds absurd, but not unexpected. Hesitancy to have faith in God is not something new. Shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus a group of believers in Corinth were afflicted with doubts about many of the claims being made about Christ. This is addressed in the first letter written by the Apostle Paul to them: I know very well how foolish it sounds to those who are lost, when they hear that Jesus died to save them. But we who are saved recognize this message as the very power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18 The Living Bible Translation).
There it is. This is the ‘rubber meets the road’ truth around which all of Scripture is founded. There are those who are ‘lost’ and those who have been saved through the atoning death of Jesus Christ. It is a harsh truth that is not readily accepted by modern culture. Again, simply rejecting this does not make it untrue. There are certainly more warm and fuzzy thoughts about our eternal destination out there being held to by many. The concept of being lost in our enlightened society is considered foolishness.
Go ahead and call me foolish then! If I am foolish to believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, so be it. I would rather be considered a fool than to give up the peace God has revealed to me through the Scriptures. If the assurance I have about eternity because of faith in Jesus makes me seem simple in this advanced time, I’m ok with that. If I am not taken seriously because I recognize my helplessness before the Almighty, I am good there as well.
The bottom line is this: It doesn’t matter what anyone else calls me so long as I answer the call of God. In so doing I recognize and submit to my need of a Savior. This is God’s love manifest for ALL mankind. His offer of eternal life is extended to everyone, always and everywhere. I’ve taken him up on it because I believe it would be foolish not to. Won’t you consider it as well?