DIRECTor's Line (October 2019)
We live in an age of information overload: News available 24/7, an unlimited number of blogs, and social media seemingly magnifying the voice and reach of every user’s views. Stories of bias in reporting and those treating opinion as fact make it challenging to know what is true and reliable. It makes it challenging to answer the question, “How do you know what you know?” This is an important question to be able to answer, especially when you are sharing the gospel, when you are discipling someone, when you are parenting your children, or leading a church.
How would you answer that question? The four main sources of knowledge are Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience. Of these four, Scripture should be the Christian’s first authority, and all other sources of knowledge should fall under it. When there is a conflict between what Scripture says and what culture says is morally acceptable, then we need to follow what God has revealed through Scripture. When we encounter issues that distort who God revealed Himself to be, we shouldn’t primarily rely on our own intellect thereby transforming God into our own image. Rather, we should go back to Scripture. When we make our traditions co-equal to Scripture, we do so at our own peril.
I fear that far too often in our daily lives, either consciously or unconsciously, we elevate reason, tradition, and experience above Scripture. We don’t view the issues of the day through Scripture because, if we are being honest with ourselves, we don’t know it well enough to allow it to inform our thoughts, views, and opinions. As we spend more time in Scripture, digging into who God revealed Himself to be and how we should live, may we be found to be of Berean character (Acts 17:11). May we examine the Scriptures everyday to see if others are teaching the truth.