You Interpreted It Wrong

Learn not the way of the nations,
    nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens
    because the nations are dismayed at them,
 for the customs of the peoples are vanity.
Jeremiah 10:2b-3a

Christians have got it wrong. Many, many times.

The Crusades.

Slavery.

The earth at the center of the universe.

The first two were horrible, horrible misinterpretations of Scripture that I just can't understand how anyone who says they follow Christ could justify.

The third is just embarrassing.

Each time in history when someone suggests a new way of looking at the world, there tend to be two camps of Christians. One camp says, "No. We've always seen it this way, and that's what the Bible says." The other camp says, "Yes. Let's go for it. We've got it wrong before, and we don't want the culture to perceive us as fools."

I think both of these camps are wrong because they're missing the point. The point is not to fight for what's traditional or what's futuristic. The goal is much loftier.

What if there's a third camp?

What if, instead of panicking and trying to "defend" long-held beliefs, or automatically adjusting our view of God and His Word to fit culture, what if we chose to open our Bibles and just sit and wait for the Holy Spirit to reveal God's will and way?

Because it's true: we have got it wrong. And it's true: we have been too quick to adapt to mainstream culture.

We don't have to be afraid of culture, what scientists may "discover" or what sociologists may "suggest". We don't have to clutch our Bibles in fear that someone may find out God is really dead after all or that maybe Jesus didn't need to die. And we don't need to just jump into the popular camp and forsake long-held beliefs at the drop of a fedora and the next issue of Journal of Archaeological Science.

Because our God is so much bigger and stronger than that! We must have faith that He will defend Himself if need be because we simply cannot defend God. I mean, we might as well be ants trying to defend an elephant! And we must have faith that He will help us to interpret Scripture rightly, through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, and that we can then interpret culture by Scripture.

Are we willing to soak ourselves in His Word, to take the time to really know the Bible and meditate on its truths and promises? Are we willing to take the time to listen to the Holy Spirit and wait for Him to reveal its meaning?

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit...
Jude 1:20

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
John 14:26

Praise God for the gift of the Holy Spirit!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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