The LORD looked at [Gideon] and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” (Judges 6:14, NASB)
What an utterly strange thing for the LORD to say. Here is Gideon, hiding in a wine press, threshing wheat so the marauding Midianites don’t steal or destroy it. Gideon, scripture tells us, is the youngest son in the least family in the tribe of Manasseh (Judges 6:15). He’s certainly not great among men, nor great in stature.
Truth be told, Gideon isn’t even great in faith! Just one verse prior, he asked the angel of the LORD where God was in all of this.
“O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about…?” (Judges 6:13, NASB)
If any of us were tasked with selecting a man of strength in Israel at the time who would deliver them from the Midianites, Gideon probably would have been the first man eliminated. So why did the LORD say “Go in this your strength”? What strength?
In my view, truth is absolute. I know that’s not popular, but I’d argue that if science is absolute, what makes us think that moral law would somehow not be? That said, I also believe that this absolute truth is multi-faceted, like a diamond. That diamond is solid, but how light is affected when passing through it depends entirely on the interaction of these various facets.
But I digress. I’m getting a little tired of being painted as narrow-minded because of my beliefs. At the risk of stepping on some toes here, no, I don’t support homosexuality. At the same time, I don’t HATE anybody. Some of my best friends on my college campus are gay, and you know what? They’re pretty cool people. If they ask me for my opinion, I’ll give it respectfully and clearly, and listen to theirs. If they want a civilized debate, I’m game. If they don’t, I’m going to respect their right to differing beliefs, and I’m not going to force mine down their throats.
“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-10 (NASB)
Dear friends, the church is suffering from an influx of false teachers who are contradicting the Word of God, endangering old and new believers alike.
Wait, what? It’s the middle of May! Why bring up new Year’s Resolutions?
We’re almost halfway through the year, and by the grace of God, I’ve been keeping mine! And let me tell you, I couldn’t have picked a harder year to do it.
What was my resolution? Just this: Don’t discuss or debate politics with anyone. I’ve had a number of people ask me, “why on earth would you want to do that?” My response, “Why not?” So far, this has been an eye-opening and liberating experience. But before I go into it, let me share my secret to having kept it this far.