Tuesday, June 24, 2008

How Countercultural!

He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favour than he who has a flattering tongue. (Proverbs 28:23, NIV)
Loving correction, especially in the form of a truth-loving rebuke, has found itself the target of much disdain in recent times, including within the community of believers. In the absence of correction, falsehood and sin prosper.

He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
(Proverbs 28:26, NIV)
How we are encouraged, even exhorted to believe in ourselves, our experiences, our thoughts! We find this popular philosophy penetrating our minds through messages on television, in magazines, on the Internet, and therefore, even within many churches (as they often utilize these mediums). This deplorable value is painfully wrong; reliance on the fallen human condition is futile and treacherous (see Jeremiah 17:9), and humanity's only unwavering foundation is in the saving knowledge of and reliance upon the everlasting Creator and Redeemer.

Scripture routinely displays this sort of countercultural curmudgeonliness (to use Doug Groothuis' definition of curmudgeon). Thus, we absolutely must consume the written Word of God frequently, "taking small bites and chewing slowly"*, lest we become beings of the erroneous opinion that the sole purpose of the Bible (and Christianity, for that matter) is to make humanity feel comfortable and content.

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*This is a saying of my friend and future wedding officiant, Pastor Jeff Miller

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