I wrote this one while leaning on the wall outside of my wife’s delivery room : )
Guys, we are always taking something on faith.
As human beings, we can’t know everything. We aren’t omniscient. We can’t be perfect experts on all topics, and we can’t know the future. So whether it’s repairmen, doctors, pastors, moms, dads, teachers, or political pundits, we have to take the word and expertise of others into account as we make decisions. And that’s okay. God has ordered the world that way. He gave us parents, elders, kings, and teachers. He brings about mechanics and mapmakers.
But if we are Christians and yet we make a habit of taking the word of others while not taking into account the Word of Christ at all, a serious problem in our hearts is being revealed.
We are showing we do not, despite what we may say, trust God most.
I have known Christians who have let their entire self-view be determined by human-designed therapeutic approaches. I’ve known Christians who spend hours of each day thinking about, and viewing the world through, a political prism given to them on their favorite talk show or blog. And I’ve witnessed some who view their children primarily through the lens given to them by modern American education and American culture, and use the Word in only a supplementary way in parenting.
And me? Well, I often make decisions based on what will earn me the most respect and admiration, because that’s the sneakiest and most seductive idol in my own heart. All too often my impulse is not to please the Most High, but to win the hearts and the gazes of my peers.
So here’s my loving nudge to all of us who follow and treasure Christ: Let’s put His Word first in our hearts and our minds. Let’s trust Scripture with our lives, and be reasonably critical of everything else.
A psychiatrist has a suggestion? Great, just a moment, please, while we consult the Word of God. Our culture has some norms in child-rearing? That’s great world, but we might have some different goals in mind; we know our children will stand in front of the Throne someday, and the King will not be asking for their report cards or athletic medals. A talk show host or blogger we like has some appealing ideas about government or society? Awesome, just give us a second while we consider them in light of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and His values.
Let’s not put more faith in news shows, counselors, pop culture, doctors, or even well-meaning family and friends than we do in our Father and His commandments. The Word of the Lord is sure, true, and sweeter than honey. Let’s give it more ear and first priority.
And then, by all means, get a good mechanic, a solid family doctor, ask your family for advice, and read a blog : )
“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as his heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the children of man; from where He sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His steadfast love, that He may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”
From Psalm 33