A Sharp Word


Ouch! I hate having my toes stepped on by truth, yet here we are again. The Bible doesn’t pull punches, doesn’t care about my feelings. It simply states truth and I have to decide if I will follow or ignore. It may be 2019, but the Bible hasn’t changed it’s message.

This hit me a few days ago. The Babylon Bee (one of my new favorites) had a short article citing one person saying to another “It’s [calendar year], get with the times!” As if to say that because the calendar has changed (“It’s 2019!”) we should change with it. It is not 1950, or 1900. It’s not even 2000 anymore. But do our lives and values fluctuate with the date? Because it’s 2019, does that mean that gay marriage is ok now? That abortion is no longer murder? That socialism is suddenly preferred? Do we check the date before we check our morality? That’s absurd.

“ R10 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”  Isa 40:8

The calendar changes; our culture changes. Time passes. But the word of the Lord will always remain. As I’ve noted before, as our culture becomes more accustomed to the gray area, the idea of black and white will become more offensive. The sharpness of the word of God draws sharp distinction between light and dark, good and evil, black and white.

Warning: if you choose to live your life by the Word of God and not by the calendar, people will call you narrow-minded, homophobic, anti-choice, maybe even racist and bigoted. They will say you don’t see the big picture, or appreciate the greater good. They will accuse you of being deluded, following fairy tales, and ignoring reality.

I’ve been around for four decades. I’ve never seen the Bible proven wrong. I’ve seen it challenged, but never overcome. Science and philosophy both have tried. Neither has been able to do that the Bible can, explain the world and reality in a way that is consistent and makes sense. I will grant that maybe I’ve been too long in it, and don’t know enough of the way of the world. But for me, you can keep it. I’ve seen enough of the brokenness of the world. I’ve seen enough of the vain attempts to try it without God’s word and found them wanting. Nope. I will hold to the word of God. I may cut myself on it occasionally, but that is surely better than the alternative.

God bless you today and stay in the Word!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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