Welcome to the March edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you (or someone you know) would like to subscribe, please sign up by clicking here. May God bless you as you study his word!
Better than the Experts
by Jacob Hudgins
“Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away”(1 Cor 2:6)
Americans are fascinated by experts. If we want to raise a child, gaze at the stars, or buy a television, we must consult the appropriate authorities. Their credibility is measured in the number of letters after the name.
What is intriguing about this tendency is that it is not new.
“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”(Judges 21:25).
Judges 19-21 tells one of the ugliest stories in the Bible. A Levite and his concubine are returning home and pass through Gibeah (a city of Benjamin) as night comes. No one is willing to take them into his home except one old man who is also a visitor there. Their evening is interrupted by a mob of men wanting to (ahem) “know” the Levite.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”(2 Cor 4:17).
Occasionally I listen to a religiously themed podcast. I was surprised this week when I heard a new introduction to the podcast that said it will help you “make better decisions and live with fewer regrets.” It was the “aha!” moment that helped me understand my previous frustration with the teaching. Good decisions are important, and regrets are no fun, but what happened to heaven?
Sadly, many in our world today subscribe to the thought that it doesn’t really matter what you do in this life as long as you believe in God. Surprisingly some who profess to be Christians use this as an excuse to do whatever they want, so long as they believe.