Sometimes we feel like God is really trying to tell us something, or that a problem we struggle with (or might not even realize we struggle with) is really popping up in our minds. Yeah. How come it’s never a positive?
Well, for me, it’s personal preference versus gospel truth, and last night at my small group meeting we were discussing it as well. This is actually something I’ve been wrestling with for months.
Some believe “gospel truth” means whatever issue is at stake is clearly laid out in the Bible. Others, like myself, have elevated a belief to the status of “Biblical” even thought it’s not, technically. Here’s where it gets murky – there are a lot of things we know we shouldn’t do, like view porn, even though the word “porn” is located NOWHERE in the Bible. This is, in my opinion, the gospel truth. Get it?
Anyway, here’s what freakin awesome about our own gospel truths: they’re different! Yeah. Huge cosmic joke.
In 1 Corinthians 9: 19-22, Paul wrote about this. He adapted to all sorts of people. Meaning, he didn’t change his core beliefs, his morals, his values – he just became malleable so he could get along with different types of people.
People have different beliefs. They behave differently. It is a fact of life, and no matter how hard I or anyone else tries, we cannot fit people into Cosmo-quiz boxes. People are complicated. And I have got to stop resenting people who are different from me. By that I mean people who come across to me as amoral, immoral – just blatantly ungodly. It’s such a stupid waste of time!