I read a statement on Facebook the other day that someone had made about a Christian women’s speaker. They were praising the speaker for being an “evolved Christian” saying the speaker’s views and beliefs matched perfectly with society today – despite the fact that this speaker was supporting something that scripture calls sin.
And I was heart broken.
I was broken because this is not the way it should be, friends. Our beliefs should not ebb and flow based on culture and changing times. Truth is truth no matter what day and age we live in and as believers in Jesus Christ our standard of truth comes from the Bible.
Jesus is truth.
The words He spoke are truth.
The words written in the Bible are truth.
To celebrate the fact that someone is an “evolved Christian” is not a celebration at all, in fact it’s sorrowful.
Friends, listen, this idea of being an “evolved Christian” stems from one place: our personal preferences. We want to (and often do) view scripture through the lens of our preferences. If we don’t like what scripture says, we’ll interpret it to mean what we want it to mean.
Are there some hard truths in scripture? Absolutely. Are there things that are hard for me to swallow in scripture? Yes. And the reason it can be hard for us to accept the truth of scripture is because it rubs up against our preferences and the way we think things should be.
But here’s the thing about the Christian life –it’s not about us.
It’s not about you; it’s not about me; it’s not about our preferences; it’s not about our desires; it’s not about what we want.
It’s about Jesus.
It’s about the glory of God.
It’s about God refining us to be more like Jesus.
And almost always that will mean us laying down our preferences and what we want to believe in order to hold up, magnify and proclaim the Truth Giver.
I was in a conversation with someone recently who shared that she was reading a book by a Christian author and she wasn’t in agreement with the author on some of the principles purported in the book. She said that she took time to pray about it and ask God to show her if her view was faulty because she wanted to align her life with truth instead of the other way around.
This is how it should be friends.
I believe one of the worst things we can do as followers of Jesus Christ is sacrifice truth on the altar of our own preferences.
Let’s hold fast to truth. Let’s humble ourselves and recognize when our preferences are getting in the way of truth. And most importantly, let’s love truth in order to celebrate Jesus instead of those of us who seem so evolved.