We live in the information age. Our minds are bombarded with more things in a day than what previous generations would have received in a year.
Yet not all of this information is useful. Not all of it comes from the source of truth. So simply having more information is not necessarily a good thing. This information is sometimes used to create doubt. It is sometimes used to mislead.
This mishmash of information, knowledge and insight is used in a “pick and choose” methodology to form the belief systems of many. They use phrases like, “If it feels good it must be right” to describe the beliefs which act as their moral compass.
Yet because this information changes and often contradicts itself they look more like a tiny boat being tossed about on a raging sea. With no anchor (truth) all is relative. They latch onto passing trends to the point where if they were honest they would have to confess they are no longer sure what they believe.
Only God’s word is eternal. Only it remains. Only HE remains. Unlike the passing fads that come with this information age, it is firm and unchanging. It is solid and unyielding.
To those who think I am speaking only to outsiders, I am not. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind; that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In this information age how often do we engage in conversations with fellow believers who say, “The truth is relevant” or “The Bible contains God’s word but it’s not inerrant”?
This sloshing about upon these seas leaves much room for doubt, much room for the world’s system to make its way in. The anchor which may have at one time been firmly fixed upon the rock now drags through the sand as the philosophies of world seem more relevant than God’s eternal truth.
Erosion is not visible in a day. It takes years before the banks begin to collapse and the rushing river sweeps them downstream eventually to its delta. All this time the waters are murky.
Those immersed in them are essentially blind. Solomon writes in the book of Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
How appropriate is it that we are educated by the wisest man to ever live even in this age where many declare themselves wise and knowledgeable?
How true are these words even thousands of years after they were originally penned?
Rather than being the leader of a nation, much of the church looks like followers. Popular fads lead the way and the rushing river eventually causes the collapse of religious leaders who are striving to remain relevant in a world which is headed away from God.
Difficult moral dilemmas are handled with kid gloves for fear of appearing intolerant or being labeled as, “Radical Christians.”
One may argue, “We are living in unique times and we have to concede in some areas to keep from being phased out.” Let me tell you plainly, God is not phased out. His word is not up for subjectivity. We have not been given the latitude to go through the Bible with a pair of scissors.
Rather than a beacon on a hill, many churches and their believers have become like ostriches with their heads in the sand. They hope the danger will pass if they cannot see it but all they have done is effectively blind themselves to carnage around them.
It is time that we pick up the torch. It is time that we carry it high. If you were to take a flashlight and stand in the street with it at noontime, no one would see its light.
However, if you were to take that same flashlight out into the same place at midnight it will be visible for miles around. Friends, it is 11:59.
Are the batteries in your flashlight fresh?
In the information age are you still anchored in the truth?
~ Mitch Salmon