Avoiding the Babble

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Genesis 24:50-67; 2 Timothy 2:14-21; Mark 10:13-22

From the Reformer

The pure truth cannot stand at the same time with the pride of the heart. Even if such a person would speak the truth, he no longer speaks it truly, because he does not speak it humbly. Therefore he does not speak truth, for he does not speak it how, to whom, when, where, and as much as, he should. Hence, whenever one of these is missing, it is no longer pure wine, but wine mixed with the dregs of some carnal passion.

—Martin Luther, First Lectures on the Psalms

Pulling It Together

Irreverent babble abounds. It ranges from the color of the sanctuary carpet to whether there should be a time for children during worship. Of course, folks feel they are justified in their positions in such quarrels. There are tests though, that confirm whether these arguments are of God. Do they lead to godliness or to more contention? Do they have their basis in the word of truth, or in opinions? Even here, those who must be right will hold to a phrase in Scripture to prove their point. So in the course of such debates, it is important to remember that the Lord knows the hearts of all (2Tim 2:19) and so, what remains is to depart from iniquity and be absorbed in the word. So as not to swerve any further from the truth, do what causes good for the church: avoid the babble, and be content to rightly handle the Scriptures. Join a Bible study; those who argue over carpet color will likely not be there. God, who is sovereign over the affairs of his Church, will be there though, to prosper you. May your love for him grow as the din of babble dies away.

Prayer: Lord, help me be still and listen to you. Amen.

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