Contrary to much of modern thinking, content is extremely important. This is particularly true in regard to the Gospel and the truth of God’s Word. You might not guess this to be the case listening to many who talk about it. This past week, I stumbled across a short story regarding Nancy Pelosi and how her faith guides her political/government work. She is quoted as saying that public policy must be guided “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, “The Word made Flesh.”
Well, this sounds pretty good to most any evangelical Christian. Later in the story however, it seems that things go off the rails:
“And that Word,” Pelosi said, “is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.
“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.” (emphasis mine)
Fill it in with anything you want?!? Excuse me, but God doesn’t allow us to define Him for ourselves. He goes to great pains to tell us about His character and who He is and what He is like, so that we don’t have to guess about it. We can’t just “fill it in with anything” we like or want. And that is the problem with much of modern society and even many who claim the name of Christ. They have “filled it in with anything” they want to. What results is no longer biblical Christianity, but a religion of their own design. It violates the prime commandment of Scripture to have “no other gods before Him.” God didn’t leave us to guess or fill in the blanks with our best ideas. He told us what we need to know in His Word. Yes, it is a beautiful thing. It isn’t my truth or your truth; it is THE TRUTH.