Biblical Eyesight Emerging Forefront
Good morning. I am sure this not the first time you have seen the name of a blog and asked yourself why. Well the title B.E.E.F. was chosen for two reasons. The first is I like beef. On my birthday every year I tell people the same thing,
I prefer birthday steak, not birthday cake.
If I had to choose between a piece of cake and a steak, I would choose the steak. I love to cook steak, and I am not good at baking a cake. I do like sweet stuff, but when I have a choice I choose beef.
The second reason (the real reason) is I believe many of us today have a hard time understanding what the Bible says about certain ideas, doctrine, and situations. Sadly, many of us think the Bible never address certain issues, but in reality I think it does. For example, many of us believe abortion is wrong. If you do a word search inside in the Bible (or you go old school and pull out the old Strong’s Concordance), you will see the word abortion is not in the Bible. This does not mean the Bible is silent on the issue. What it means we need to seek and find out the heart of God on the matter. Proverbs 2:6 (HCSB) says
For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
When we do not know what God is saying on an issue, there is a way we can understand it. Like Solomon we have to acknowledge that the true source of knowledge and understanding is from God. The answer to the abortion question is obvious. God considers all life sacred. God is the giver and taker of life, not man. When abortion is chosen, we decide that God does not know best to ring this child into the world. Now that is a simple answer to a very complex issue, and maybe I will address more detailed on a later date.
Many issues today challenge the church to have an answer for things in our heart we is wrong, but we need to have the knowledge to back it up. The church lacks discernment of a number of issues. There are times where we are willing to say something is sinful, but in reality the Bible does not say that it is. Other times, we ignore issues because either we know someone who is involved with it, our feelings do not tell us it is wrong, or we ignore the issue altogether hoping it will go away. I feel the later is more often applied. The church needs to be desiring the gift of discernment.
Discernment is the skill of understanding and applying God’s Word with the purpose of separating truth from error and right from wrong. 1
Sometimes the different between good teaching and bad teaching is a thin a razors edge, but it can mean the difference between life and death. There will be times where I might not right about a pressing issue, but a way in which we can understand who the person of God is. My goal with this blog is to look at challenging issues and try to have biblical eyesight emerging in the forefront.
1Challies, Tim (2008). The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Kindle Locations 703-704). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.