Today my Facebook newsfeed has been filled with comments and posts about a Christian blogger who recently gave an interview, and after reading that interview and the comments made in defense of her, I have this to say:
GOD IS NOT SOME OUT OF TOUCH NERD WHO NEEDS US TO REWRITE SCRIPTURE FOR HIM!
God is not sitting in heaven right now wearing a pocket protector and listening to cassette tapes on a Walkman unaware of what is going on today. He doesn’t need “modern Christians” to rewrite His words because He’s no longer culturally relevant. He doesn’t need us to attempt to erase hell or parse scripture to make it say what our feelings do. God does not need us to make Him relevant or cool. God does not need a man bun, a bike with a basket, a strategically placed beanie, or a coffee addiction and Starbucks card.
He wrote the Bible through men, and there’s nothing throughout time that it does not bear its weight on. As a Christian, I believe this. As a Christian I also don’t expect that others who do not love and trust God will believe or live what I do, and in that, I see the need for the full truth of the gospel and the Great Commission.
What’s surprising is how many people are dying on the altar of “Jesus said to love everyone” in arguing for this writer. It’s the bending of the definition of what it means to “love” by “modern, progressive Christians” that makes this whole argument appalling. I don’t think you can love God until you see your need for Him. He gives us a new heart (Ezekiel 11:19). To do that we become aware of our sin by Him opening our eyes to what His holiness will not tolerate. In light of His holiness we see ourselves for what we are and see why we need His redemption through the Cross. Anyone who ever saw God in scripture was filled with a reverence and fear because the nature and holiness of God are not light things. It’s like saying, “God is holy!” Do we consider what that actually means? Can we begin to fathom the depth and breadth and scale of the holiness of God?
“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!’ And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.'” – Isaiah 6:1-7
People didn’t see God and think, “You’re awesome, and I’m awesome. We should totes hang!” We want to make Him something that does not require us to respond in healthy respect and in that people feel free to bend what He commands to fit their agenda or feelings.
Validation and love are not synonymous. Love isn’t telling people what they want to hear or accepting a gospel contrary to the one written in scripture. The Bible warns of this time also:
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-5
It is time to press into who God is and what He says as to not lose our footing while we stand on His word. We can’t stand on the words of men or women who claim to love and know Him or that they are speaking His truth as they elevate themselves into a position of honoring their thoughts and emotions or wants for the world above what God called us to. Genesis 3. It really won’t work out. It’s the same sin as the original, but this time it has a pretty blog format and catchy cute words and phrases that make us laugh until we stand back and examine what we are taking in.
Guard your hearts and minds as this brand of teaching grows in popularity but not in Biblical understanding or truth. Press into the truth of God, and do not exchange it for a lie (Romans 1).