It all began with a question: 

Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1

It is early Saturday morning and the house is quiet and I am alone — well, a dog is nearby, and my head is full of thoughts and responses to a young man’s post. We have had a couple of exchanges and now the comment section is closed. But I don’t have closure. The written word is so dangerous because we may not know to whom we are talking and faces cannot be read for emotional cues to the discussion.

He just didn’t understand what I was trying to express so clearly ~~ at least it was clear to me.

Simply, he wanted to just float a question to the world from a speaker, Andy Crouch who he had just heard at a Catalyst conference in Atlanta. Both the speaker and the conference have been topics of interest on the front porch. The Catalyst organization and Andy Crouch share pressing theological questions of their qualifications to preach & teach the Word of God. Their target demographic is our teenage and college-age children.

So on this day reflecting on simplicity for “Living Simply Saturdays” — I can’t get beyond the double-edge sword simplicity can sometimes wield.

A characteristic of a postmodern mind is the question. A postmodernist questions Christian doctrine, the character of God, and/or the words of Christ. These seemingly simple and harmless talking-points are deceitfully power-packed questions with dangerous consequences for both the hearer and the sayer.

The serpent in the Garden asked Eve one simple question, “Indeed, has God said . . .?”

Just the question led Eve away from Truth.

Questions have the ability to deconstruct Truth. In the Garden, a question, became a deadly, weapon against God ~~ Eve picked it up, handed it to Adam, and we are living the rest of the story.

“We are destroying speculaions and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

MacArthur Study Notes on this verse: Thoughts, ideas, reasonings, philosophies, and false religions are the ideological forts in which men barricade themselves against God and the gospel.

It all trickles down right into our homes. Somewhere out there is JC and thousands of college & youth ministers, thousands of college students, thousands of youth who return to thousands of churches and into our pulpits and youth groups. These young people are a demographic being singled out to receive new interpretations and teachings of God’s Word.

My prayer is that instead of ingesting the latest spiritual message — be radical, stand apart from the culture and question the deliverer’s credentials before accepting their message and suffering the consequences.

“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17: 11)

 

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