Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. (Ephesians 4:14 NLT)
There are waves crashing into Christianity at this very moment. Since the 1960’s there has been a focused attack on what the church believes. It’s subtle, sounds right to our ears, but it breeds confusion and instability and ultimately divides and does not unify.
These waves are waves of culture shifts that tell us abortion is ok, nothing is wrong with divorce, it’s ok to have sex before marriage, that homosexuality is the way God made some, pornography doesn’t really damage the mind, marijuana is actually good for you.
We are being stooped. We are being tossed back and forth and we don’t know what to believe anymore. We have been blown here and there by teachings that simply do not line up with what God tells us in the Bible and so we work really hard to try and slant what He says through the lens of culture rather than doing the hard, often unpopular work, of translating (not changing), what He says so culture understands it.
I read one preacher’s commentary on this verse recently and he wrote:
The point rather is simply to show you how tremendously relevant this passage is today. Everywhere you turn your discernment is being tested—are you a babe being carried along by politicians who manipulate Scripture? Are you a babe being shaped by posters that subtly endorse an immoral agenda? Are you a babe being formed and guided by TV advertisers that plant assumptions and desires in your mind? Or are you growing up with the body of Christ into the maturity and discernment and stability of Christ in the truth?
And the end result is that our lives carry no weight.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. (Ephesians 4:15 NLT)
The way to stand worthy in the midst of an increased secular society is to speak truth in love and to be truth with love. This is why it is so important that there be no dichotomy in what you believe and how you live. That you walk worthy. That your life carries weight. That your life is described in terms like the fruit of the Spirit.
We won’t always get it right, but let us strive to walk worthy of the high calling of being a Christ follower because of all that God has done for us and as we do that our lives will carry weight.
Question: In an increasing secular society, how do you stand as a Christ follower for truth?