This week I am hoping to start a new book that I picked up called “Taking God at His Word” by Kevin Deyoung. I am quite excited to get started with it. I do believe that the Bible is the word of God and should be treated as such and that we should take God at His word. To often lately I have heard and seen Christians trying to twist scripture to say something that is either not there or to say something thing that it does not. Some Christians no longer interpret scripture literally and even in some cases say that parts of the Bible are not historical and should only be seen as stories, not history.
This greatly saddens me. Christians are trading truth for personal preference and twisting scripture, or in some cases ignoring scripture, to fit their own personal desires. When did we get to the point where Christians question the word of God or think they know better then Him. Scripture is amazingly accurate when it comes to what was written in the original manuscripts to what we hold in our hands today. It is God’s word, so either we accept what He says in it, or really we are not looking to God to be our God, but rather ourselves and what we desire.
Homosexuality seems to be the hot button topic these days. And we would be blind to think that it will be the last. At times as Christians it may be hard to stand up for what we believe because we will be ridiculed and even hated by the world. Jesus said, as His followers, we would be hated by all nations in Matthew 10:22. We are not called to shrink back in our beliefs as Christians so that the world can like us better, we are called to be a light in this world, to be different, to teach and live out the truth.
Rev. Peter Marshall was the senate chaplain in 1947 and gave this prayer before one of the senate meetings. “Our Father, we yearn for a better understanding of spiritual things, that we may know surely what Thy will is for us and for our Nation. Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for—because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything. Remind us, 0 God, that Thou halt not resigned. Harassed and troubled by the difficulties and uncertainties of the hour, we rest our minds on Thee, who dost not change. May it ever be in our minds as upon our coins that in God we trust. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.”
God has given us His word to tell us where to stand and what to stand for. We can not afford to be wishy washy about what we believe. We can not afford to shrink back our beliefs to make the world feel more comfortable. The gospel of Jesus Christ is very uncomfortable because it tells us that we are all sinners in need of a savior, something the world does not want to hear. It does not mean we change the gospel to make them feel better about it. We need to stand up for what God’s word says no matter what the world says. We must take God at His word and be willing to take a stand on His word. It’s time to start standing up.