Matthew 7:24-27 New International Version (NIV)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Do you remember this story?
I remember singing a song about this when I was very little. I believe my understanding of it was very literal and I was sure not to build my lego houses on sand 🙂 . It is amazing how those lessons learned so early can come back with such deeper meaning when we have walked in adulthood for a while.
This came back to me this week for a very good reason: Politics and Facebook.
Some of us are familiar with the storms that can occur on social media when someone makes a broad statement and everybody starts to digitally yell all of their opinions into the virtual wind. And I think all of us are familiar with the political thunderhead building around us.
Often Christian based opinions are not popular in this storm. It can be confusing and frustrating to enter into these conversations with people we know are basing their current thoughts on the winds of popular opinion.
The frustration will not end.
It is impossible to argue with someone who is feeling the support of popular opinion for their sand based statements (some might call them fools).
But this is what God says in the verse above: The one who builds what they know (their house) on the rock of God’s Word will stand up against the storm, but the one who builds what they know on the sand of popular opinion will eventually feel their house fall with a great crash.
Here is what I would encourage us all to ask ourselves in order to make sure we are making wise statements:
Are you basing your argument on the immutable, unchangeable, infinite, definite truth of the God who created the universe and all that it contains, or on the word of a fellow traveler feeling their way through the same dark room only three feet ahead of you on a path that neither one of you is sure is forward?
God Bless you all and keep you in the storm.