Blog: The Importance of God’s Word in Today’s Culture
My eldest daughter started running cross country for her school this year. She had never run in a race before, so she didn’t know all the ins and outs of the sport. She has great coaches and friends who have helped her along the way as she learned the rules and how to train.
When she was preparing for her first race, if she had been told that in the last 20 meters, when sprinting to the end, she would have to nudge the other runners a few times to get a better finish place , she would have believed them and done that. She would have learned the hard way that this is not acceptable. The realization would sink in that she had taken someone’s word for the rules without accessing the source of whether elbows were allowed.
The way we approach our Christian lives can be much the same. We have so much at our fingertips every day that connects us to what we think is the latest and greatest on any given topic. The best preachers and teachers, the best source of information, the social media influencers, the list could go on and on.
We are able to feed our brains and hearts with information from many types of sources at all times. However, we can have all of these resources and neglect God’s greatest gift to us: His Word.
In 2 Timothy 3, the Word of God tells us that “All Scripture is expired by God and useful to teach, to rebuke, to correct, and to instruct in righteousness.” It does not say that our favorite preacher, politician, news anchor or social media influencer can do these things. Only in the Holy Scriptures of God, the Word of God Himself, do we find guidance on how to approach culture and ultimately our whole life.
Do we take care of the widow and the poor as Jesus also teaches us? Do we all treat our neighbors with love, dignity and respect? Do we subscribe to a biblical view of gender and sexuality? We must examine the Word of God to know what looks like the Word but not really what is instructed by God.
Paul mentions it in 2 Timothy 3, that we should beware of things that have the appearance of godliness, but deny its power. We need to examine our lives and see where we have placed those voices above the Word of God.
I desire to receive instruction on how to live life as God has called me, not just for rules, but to live a full and enjoyable life that honors God and points people to Him. Just like my daughter can’t take anyone’s word for it but needs to know the rules so she knows exactly what’s allowed in cross country finishes, I have to put every teaching I submit to on God’s Word .
The Word of God is the only thing that will give us the foundation to hear what the world is saying and choose God’s way. Let’s commit together to put the Word of God in our lives every day, so that we can distinguish His voice among the voices of the time.
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