“‘How can you say, “We are wise because we have the word of the Lord,” when your teachers have twisted it by writing lies? These wise teachers will fall into the trap of their own foolishness, for they have rejected the word of the Lord. Are they so wise after all?”
I hate being that person who thinks they know it all. Sadly, I find myself staring at a reflection that reveals that characteristic in my heart. It’s usually not an overt thing that is easy for me to catch. It may be something that stands out to others, but it usually remains a mystery to me until the Spirit makes it obvious.
This sort of false wisdom stems from pride, and I know that I’m not the only one who deals with it. It is a disease. Those who have it are typically unable to identify it in themselves. It’s easy for people to take some form of knowledge and teach it or preach it like they have cornered the market on truth. In reality, all they have is a really strong opinion about the world and they love to twist facts around that opinion and dress it up as truth. They are no longer open to the fact that they may, in fact, not know everything.
We love to hold to our opinions as if they’re right. As human beings, it seems as though we’re always striving to find security for ourselves by setting others up as the contrast. So, we use opinion to bolster our sense of self for we believe that we are right while others are wrong.
The worst form of this comes from when people claim that their opinion comes from God. In other words, they twist God’s word around their own opinions and use that to bolster their position. Unfortunately, this is a very common practice in Christianity.
One of our greatest fears, however, should be that of misinterpreting the Word of God. We can easily forget the concept of grace. We can easily pick and choose Scripture and twist it around our culture, our lifestyle. We have this incessant need to defend what we do and why we do it. We need some way to validate the identity we have made for ourselves.
Instead, we should work to ensure that our identity be rooted in Christ – the grace and love of God. It feels as though we are always trying to make and validate ourselves rather than trusting in the Gospel that is preached all throughout the Bible. Our security should be in Him, the only One who can truly make us whole. We were made for relationship with Him, not bitterness with others. All of our relationships should have the grace of Christ as its foundation.