“You need to read this book…”. “Have you heard, …’s tape?” “This is a great blog click on this link.” “Have you seen this article?”

How often has someone told us something along these lines? How often have we done it ourselves? I know I have on several occasions.

Books, sermons, lessons, blogs, articles, webpages, and the like that men write often have a lot of good points. They make us think. Most of the time the items like these that we want to share have something in them that we agree with. That’s why we recommend them. I rarely get anything that says “I don’t agree with this guy, but you need to read this anyway.”

The thing about books, sermons, blogs, articles, webpages, etc. is that they are written by men and women. Men and women like us. There is a tendency to put more weight on what they say because it’s in print or in front of an audience. When in reality when things are based on their own opinion or personal interpretation what they have to say is not more intellectual or important than what you or I have to say.  If I agree with them they are smart and to the point, and if I don’t then they are way out in left field somewhere.

As men and women desiring to learn, I think it’s good to read all these things. It can help us to grow, but we must read them objectively and not necessarily as truth no matter who the author might be. 

We should never fall into the trap of putting more weight on what men say than we do on what God says in his Word. Men can twist scripture to fit what they want the answer to be. Men have a tendency to look at only scriptures that support their personal agenda than looking at the whole to support God’s agenda. Men have the tendency to have selective listening to listen closely only to those they feel agree with them. 

In the end, there is but one voice we should take heed.

Psalm 29

Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.

The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Danny Minton is Pastoral Minister and Elder at Southern Hills Church of Christ.


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