A HEALTHY VILLAGE: ABSOLUTES
“In darkness God’s truth shines most clear.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” – John 8:31 (MSG)
The world is moving on fast forward; changing the landscape of the familiar and rapidly transforming what we used to know into something we may no longer understand.
“We live in exponential times.” So goes the infamous definition of the 21st century.
It will divide the populace into two. For the wall builders, it signifies a time to be fearful; afraid of what may come; and defensive, building moats around themselves and keeping themselves in while throwing everything that has to do with change out. Yet for others, the wall breakers, it is an exciting time when walls cannot be built. Anything is possible. And most of all, for this cluster, anything is permissible.
We are to be the third divide.
A people who are neither a doomsday wall builder nor a libertine wall breaker. But to know the balance between both. We cannot change our era, but we can lead it.
How can we do that?
Because the followers of Christ have the truth. Absolutes. These will never change with the times but will be our guide through these times.
In this century of postmodernism, even athiests are building churches, their own villages.
But a village without the absolutes of God at the core will be a village with lies.
But who is the village? The village is not the place, it is the people.
Therefore, the first question we must ask ourselves is “Which truths that I believe in belong to God and which do not?”
A people following the truth of God will make a healthy village.
The 1st chapter of the book of Daniel tells a very good example of 4 young men in a world of change. It was a time when the King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon set out to wipe out everything that these four youths believed in. So they were immersed in an environment that would change their identity as a people of God by changing their names (Daniel 1:7), change their history (Daniel 1:4b), and change their culture (Daniel 1:5). A program to wipe out who they were.
But the people who have received the power of God’s truth will never exchange it for lies.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself…(Daniel 1:8)
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah became the leaders of their times. They did not fear the times; they feared God. And so they flowed with the times, but not the tides.
The key to navigating these postmodern times will be the ABSOLUTES. And from these truths of God, will form our principles. And from these principles will form our convictions. Then we will be the third divide standing on solid ground in the midst of sinking and shifting sands.