Have you ever come across that picture where you see two guys/girls arguing over a number on the floor? To one person, it’s a 6, to the other, it’s a 9? Usually the post tries to encourage its readers to consider looking at things from the perspective of others and not being single minded. Quite frankly, as it relates to empathy, conflict resolution and the likes, getting various perspectives is definitely a good idea. But as it relates to truth, that advice couldn’t be any more outrageous.
We live in a world, where truth is becoming more relative and objectivity is almost synonymous with intolerance, narrow mindedness or anti-progressive. Whether it’s morals, faith, lifestyle choices, name it, anything that seems to go against an individual’s construction of right and wrong is seen as intrusive and anti-human.
Let’s revisit the example in the first paragraph, like I said, if this was about who was right or wrong in an argument, the picture and corresponding quote might make sense. However, if this was the last digit to defusing a time bomb, the narrative changes completely. Suddenly, it won’t be two people arguing about 6’s or 9’s, rather, it would be both trying to find out what number it might actually be. Once the stakes are raised, both parties immediately realize that THEY CAN’T BOTH BE RIGHT!
Now let that sink in, whenever the stakes are raised, everyone instinctively knows that truth is objective. How much more the truth of God and His word?
Sadly, many haven’t come to learn from the mistake of their great, great ancestor, not the monkeys mind you. Let’s take a look at the first man, Adam. At a glance, it seems like the problem that ruined all humanity was simply DISOBEDIENCE wasn’t it? But when you study a bit closer, you’d realize that there was something more that was being passed across. What was so big a deal about taking out of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Why was it such a big deal to God? Well, the tree is the answer! As soon as man “took of the fruit”, man was basically playing God, just like the devil cunningly suggested. At that point, man decided to assume responsibility in discerning what was good and evil.
Gen 3:4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
Gen 3:5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Gen 3:6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Gen 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
Countless years down the line, time and time again, we see man, still choosing to redefine God’s definition of good and evil. As anyone with eyes can clearly see, we haven’t done a good job doing so. We have successfully created a world that has groomed slavery, poverty, war, disease and much more. A world totally contrary to what the creator had in mind.
As Christians therefore, we are to live knowing that we are in a world that has chosen to reject the will of its creator. We walk, knowing that this present world would be done away with and we would awake to a world ruled once again in the perfect will of God.
2Pe 3:11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Despite all this backstory, it would seem that one of the biggest problems of the modern-day Christian is recognizing and upholding God’s definition of truth as opposed to what the world says. Yes, in Christianity we’ve been made free in Christ but check it! Our freedom in Christ always has a context! We’ve been freed FROM SIN and freed to live FOR HIM!
Rom 6:17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
Rom 6:18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
1Co 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
So you see? Scripture is replete with examples teaching us that while we’ve been made free in Christ, our freedom only finds expression in His will and design. It’s unfortunate that many see Christianity as just “freedom”, freedom to do whatever their hearts tell them is right, freedom to have thoughts and opinions on every issue. Sadly, they aren’t any closer to the truth than the devil was in Gen 2.
The man in Christ, recognizes his Savior, his Lord and his Creator. Christianity teaches us God’s opinions, God’s viewpoints on the issues of this world, God’s perspective to life and God’s “knowledge of good and evil”. In an age where truth is relative, the believer recognizes that with God, truth is absolute.
Whether it’s on opinions on scripture, the gospel and the fate of those who reject it, or even the most sensitive of topics such as sexuality, language, lifestyle choices, the Christian recognizes God’s opinions as absolute. Would that mean you risk being frowned upon by the society around you? Definitely! Would that mean you risk losing certain opportunities and privileges for your stance? Oh yes! But that is exactly part of what it means to be free in Christ! Own it!
Php 3:7 I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.
Php 3:8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ
1Pe 4:3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
1Pe 4:4 Of course, your former friends are very surprised when you no longer join them in the wicked things they do, and they say evil things about you.
1Pe 4:5 But just remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead.
This article is to stir you to realize that the consequences of sin and unbelief is much graver than getting the last number of a time bomb incorrect. As such, its definition shouldn’t be left to perspective, let’s return to the objectivity of God’s word. He created us and the world and knows perfectly well how it’s supposed to run. Choose to stand by his definitions and not yours or the world’s.
Rom 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.