Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
This week we are looking at the dangers of relativism. My real concern about relativism is the fact that Christians are discarding their belief in absolute truth and buying into relativism as well. I’m getting sick and tired of wimpy Christians. They are all around us: Christians who are waffling and wavering about the essential truths from God’s Word.
I watched Larry King interview a well-known evangelical leader. He asked the evangelical leader, “Do you believe that a moral Muslim is going to spend eternity in hell?” The Christian leader hemmed and hawed and finally said, “Well, Larry, that is not my judgment to make. We just leave that up to God.” That is an example of a wimpy Christian. God has clearly spoken on that subject. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
We see wimpy Christians all the time. A Christian mother is invited to lead a prayer at a local PTA meeting. When she comes to the end of her prayer, so as not to offend anybody, she doesn’t use the name of Jesus. Instead of saying, “In Jesus’ name,” she says, “In Your name we pray.” Wimpy Christians. Or a Christian man is serving on his local school board. The board is considering a science textbook to use in the school. The science textbook presents evolution, but it also presents the possibility of an intelligent designer, so the board doesn’t like it. This Christian caves in to the pressure and votes against the textbook. He later says, “Well, I personally believe in a Creator, but I can’t force my beliefs on anybody else. After all, we believe in the separation of church and state.” Wimpy Christians.
Instead of holding out the light of God’s truth, many Christians are hiding that truth. They are even extinguishing that truth by blending in with the darkness around them. What happens when Christians reject absolute truth and embrace relativism? When a majority of Christians proudly cast their vote for relativism, the church is in trouble. The failure to address this issue quickly and persuasively will undermine the strength of the church for at least another generation and probably longer.
And that’s why over the next few weeks, we will look at some politically incorrect beliefs that Christians can voice in today’s world. I will provide you with biblical, scientific, and historical evidence that will allow you to stand up and compassionately, but convincingly, say, “This is what we believe and this is why we believe it.”
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Wimp-Free Christianity” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.