Pastor Mark’s Blog

 
Christ as Lord and His Word as Truth
 
 
We live in a world of “woke”, progressives versus traditional, political correctness,
genderism issues, debates about Covid and vaccines, polarizing political ideas, pro-life versus
pro-choice, “wars and rumors of wars,” relativism, and on and on we could go. What a
chaotic and disturbing world we live in today! And because this chaos is making inroads into
our churches and incursions into the pew, we as Christians fret and fume. But pardon my
following simplistic understanding of the problems and the clear answer to it all. On a broad
level, I believe Christians and churches are struggling to make the grade on biblical
Christianity. We have swept aside the absolute truth and authority of the Word of God and
what it clearly teaches about so many of these problems. We no longer have a clear sense of
the importance and eternal significance of Christ as Lord and His Word as Truth.
 
It began with religious leaders a couple of generations back. Many in the pulpit and
our denominations accommodated the Word to the times in a bid for relevance and
acceptance. Those in the pulpit accommodated the “Thus saith the Lord” to a more
intellectually satisfying modern milieu and then to a more congenial “postmodern” spirit by
avoiding dogma of any kind and embracing tolerance and personal preference over Truth. In
the process there was a loss of the Biblical worldview. Liberals deemphasized or simply
discarded fundamental doctrines and clear precepts of Biblical teachings. And many
evangelical conservative churches shifted from a biblical and theological focus to one more
driven by pragmatic concerns, convinced that numbers, buildings, and overall growth were
more important that individual faith and discipleship. Nominalism crept into the pews of the
“successful” churches, equating bringing people in with bringing people to the Word and
Christ. Means took precedence over the message of God’s eternal truth. As Os Guinness
said, “The concern ‘Will it work? overshadowed ‘Is it true?’” Serving God gave way to serving
self, whether from a liberal perspective or conservative one. Both sides of the spectrum have
bought into the mix that of “meeting people’s needs and wants” while ignoring ultimate
Truth in Christ as their greatest need.
 
As Christians and churches, we have lost our one true mooring – the inspired,
eternally true Word of God. The church is responsible for helping people find the Lord Jesus
Christ as the “Way, the Truth and the Life.” The church is responsible for the spiritual
development of God’s people. The challenge for the church today is to return to our historic
faith, Biblical precepts, and moral teachings, and prepare people to live in this chaotic world.
Our agendas are not in political or social venues. We have focused on ourselves way too
much in terms of the needs of the self and choice. We have redefined God’s Word regarding
sin as simply “tendencies” or “habits” or DNA to be reshaped into acceptable gratifications.
We have shrunken our world to the lowest common denominator – ourselves – and taken
God with us, making Him in our image.
 
The church of today must return to what God created us to be – representatives of His
holiness in this world as salt and light. We are not here to “fix” culture and all the chaos that
surrounds us, but to embrace and image the “Christ of Culture” – to borrow from Niebuhr –
who is the only One who can truly set our world aright. And we can only do this by a return
to a Biblical worldview and proclamation of redemption and restoration in Christ. As the
world moves further away from Christ, we can best serve our world and our Lord by moving
closer to Christ. Our light and hope for a chaotic world are not that we as Christians become
more political and relevant, but that we as His people embrace the Word of God in our daily
lives and declare unreservedly, distinctly, and in love His eternal truths – regardless of their
contemporaneity in a progressive, “woke”, relevant, politically correct world. As the Greeks
who spoke to Philip said, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus” (Jn. 12:21).