“Of Pride & Puzzlement”
Pastor Andy recently led us through the first two priorities of Faith’s Mission Statement. The first priority is ‘Truth without Compromise.’ While on vacation, I had a wonderful time being refreshed by the books of authors I love to read. Several things were highlighted in my reading…I want to share only one. I believe most people would concur that our culture is becoming more arrogant and at the same time more confused about truth. The arrogance in our culture is palpable and that same culture’s lack of ability to discern truth from error/deception is simply amazing to behold. Statements such as, “Only God can judge me,” (wording frequently found in the form of tattoos) or “I am not sure if anyone can know ‘ultimate truth’,” are evidence of this disease. I came across a quote from one of my favorite writers in a footnote in John Piper’s book, Think. G.K. Chesterton wrote over a hundred years ago (1908), “What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays, the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert – himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt – the Divine Reason….We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.” (Orthodoxy, Garden City, NT: Double day, 1957), 31-32. Piper asserts, “The only way pride can be conquered in us is for us to believe in Truth and be conquered by it so that it rules us and we don’t rule it.” (113) That is….Truth without Compromise.