Sunglasses and Scripture

Sunglasses and Scripture

If a person comes to you with dark sunglasses on a sunny day and complains of the overcast weather, do you agree and commiserate with him? Of course not! The clarity of the day is not determined by the decision of a person to see darkness where none exists.

So, too, a person who chooses to see clouds in a clear teaching of Scripture does not lessen their responsibility or mine to affirm what is clearly written in the Word. Of course, there are days which are actually cloudy, and there are details of life which Scripture addresses with less directness than others.  There are also doctrines of Scripture that are hard to understand, and the journey to reconcile Scripture with Scripture may lead some Christians to take one part or another on a difficult doctrine. However, the presence of a cloudy day this week, does not mean that every day of bright sunshine is cloudy as well. The presence of some difficult doctrines in the Bible does not mean that all doctrines are difficult.

As Christians, we must not be frightened or swayed by the simple argument that “there is some argument about this teaching.” Of course there is! We live in a fallen world with antagonism to the Word running rampant. And even the visible church has inside her walls some professing Christians who profess belief with their mouths while their hearts are far from the Lord, as well as tempted or young Christians who may be mistaken about the Bible in some way.

The question for the faithful Christian is this–“Is this topic taught plainly in Scripture?”  Then, when the sun shines clearly, let not the disbelief of stubborn pluralism or doubt call into question the revelation of God. Let man dispute all he will, here we stand, on the plain reading of God’s Word, and we can do no other.