Thursday, March 13, 2008

Truth Happens

The wise man tells us to "buy the truth and do not sell it" (Proverbs 23:23) and Jude admonishes us to "contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints" (3). These and other texts imply that truth will not always have smooth sailing or be received with welcome arms. But opposition is no excuse for retreat, no matter how hostile it might become. The history of martyrs is a stark reminder of this.

This video by Linux illustrates how ideas that finally win the day go through 4 phases: 1st, they are simply ignored; 2nd, they are ridiculed; 3rd, they are strongly opposed; and 4th, they triumph.

Of course, Linux is simply making an observation without any regard to God's providence. But this does seem to be a discernible pattern that can be traced in the history of ideas. Think about the spread of Christianity in the early centuries of the church. Or consider the advance of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, or the development of modern Baptists in the 17th century.

Regardless of where the Lord places us in His historical agenda, our responsibility is clear--we must humbly accept the truth of His Word and, as faithful stewards of it, keep preaching, teaching and living it regardless of the responses we see.

Because of the faithfulness of Christ, our confidence, in the words of Balthasar Hubmaier, is this: the truth is immortal.




HT: Orrin Woodward

7 comments:

GUNNY said...

"Regardless of where the Lord places us in His historical agenda, our responsibility is clear--we must humbly accept the truth of His Word and, as faithful stewards of it, keep preaching, teaching and living it regardless of the responses we see." (emphasis mine)

Thanks for the encouraging reminder.

Theologically, we know we hold fast to the truth as we shepherd and feed God's people, but experientially it can still be discouraging when the church doesn't grow or when your church's "quarterly report" is viewed as pathetic by others.

Broken said...

May I nit-pick, sir? The video is by RedHat, a company which develops and provides a version of Linux. I am posting this from a computer running some other version on Linux.

And with some humor I note real truth in Christ is above and beyond such pedestrian applications of precision. Truth rises far above mere fact. I get paid for teaching people about computers, but I get the jewels in my eternal crown from the ministry I cannot avoid doing when I walk in His Spirit. His Spirit, His crown, His jewels, His ministry, His computer, etc.

Strong Tower said...

So, on this four point scale where would you put the SBC Calvinist Resurgence? 8)

Tom said...

Strong Tower:

I think it is still being ridiculed by some while others are trying to oppose it as strongly and wisely as they deem possible.

Strong Tower said...

Sounds about right-

I didn't really know if this post was connected to 3:16 and the "condition we find ourselves in". It just seemed to fit.

Mike Hall said...

Dr. Ascol,

Speaking of truth, have you gotten wind of the article posted by Dr. Russell Moore of the Henry Institute at SBTS? This story was brought to light by the guys at Two Institutions and is very timely given the season we now are celebrating.

John said...

"we must humbly accept the truth of His Word and, as faithful stewards of it, keep preaching, teaching and living it regardless of the responses we see."

That's so true. Too many men believe the truth, or at least claim to, yet refuse to teach it. Thanks for all you are doing for the Southern Baptists.