Based on the headlines in my newsfeed this week, there are lots of groundbreaking movies, books, and contemporary spins coming out soon. The Shack, for one, is opening in theaters tonight. Wendy wrote a helpful post on the book years ago. I will admit I have not read The Shack, but based on the trailers for the movie and the hype surrounding its’ release, it seems it will likely be a film to hit viewers in the feels.
But Christian reader, the feels is not the guide by which we are called to build our faith. The feels–or our emotions and guttural responses, can be strongly influenced by current culture. Though often supported by our emotions, the truth about God is not found in our feels. It is found in the Bible.
It is for this reason that the Bible tells us to renew our minds daily with the truth about God (Romans 12:1-2). Without that renewal, we begin to drift and veer from the path the Word lights for Christ-followers. This requires a constant pursuit and aligning our own wayward hearts with a careful eye to the Word. If we are loosely affiliated with the Bible or rather even biblically illiterate, we can quickly become taught by popular “Christian” books and movies which are close-enough or partial-enough to God’s word that it seems believable. But in fact these venues may be propagating a lie.
So how will we know? The answer is to know the original! We need to know God’s word and align our thinking to IT. This Spurgeon quote illustrates how we can discern between the truth and a lie:
Live a holy life…I’ve heard it said that if there is a crooked stick, and you want to show how crooked it is, you need not waste words in description. Place a straight one beside it and the thing is done directly. –Spurgeon
If we identify with Christ, but follow false teaching–or even live in hypocrisy from God’s Word we somehow distort the face of God to others. We who are in Christ bear his image to the world. May we know the One we represent!
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
In Christ’s love, erika