Make Sure You Want it in Your Head
I’ve noticed something very interesting that happens when people talk. Others tend to agree. Perhaps the subject is something that they never thought about before, or maybe they even slightly disagreed with it. But when a persuasive, charismatic person makes their case other people tend to start nodding their heads. Scripture says this is so: “The first to present his case seems right” (Proverbs 18:17). In the New Testament Jesus talks about leaven spreading throughout the whole batch of dough. I think he’s talking about how ideas and messages spread and catch on. And since this happens we, as Christian people, have a responsibility. We are not to be a people who accept whatever message comes our way. (Which is exactly what we’ll do if we aren’t paying attention). I don’t think God would be pleased if we accepted everything people say. Listen to what God says to the Galatians for doing that: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7).
We are called to only hold onto and accept messages that agree with the Word of God. So we have the responsibility of check-ing what people say BEFORE we decide to agree with it. You will be a person of rare, noble character if you do that. Like these guys: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11). Check the message and see if it’s from God. Keep an open Bible nearby wherever you are, because what you hear isn’t always what you’ll find in the Book. And you don’t want to be nodding your head if God is shaking His.