During the past few days, in the wake of the horrific killings in Gilroy California, El Paso Texas and Dayton Ohio, the intensity of anger, hurt, defensiveness, blame, hopelessness and fear have been almost deafening. Of course, it’s human nature that we are disturbed and concerned, however as followers, we need to remember to trust Him even in wake of tragedy. Ideas are all over the map as to the cause, and ways to curb the violence, and the talking points seldom change, just the volume and repetition after each horrible event. It’s in this context that I have been considering 2 Corinthians 10:5 from this week’s reading. For this verse, I like the NIV translation best: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” The idea here is that genuine followers of Jesus pursue knowing and adopting God’s values, principles and attitude on issues, regardless of whether they are popular, politically correct or emotionally satisfying. This means that we humbly surrender our big ideas, in favor of God’s every time. It also means that we refuse to cherry-pick what we like, and ignore, reframe or neglect, what we find uncomfortable or inconvenient.
We should be reading and learning what the Bible has to say about specific issues (i.e. sex, money, love, forgiveness) and principles we can apply to other areas (i.e., gender, environment, government) and then build our views around these truths, knowing that we will be aligned with our Savior. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 reminds us that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)