There’s one book I know I’ll be purchasing upon its imminent release: The Discipline of Discernment. Written by the Tim Challies of challies.com, it will be addressing the naked emperor of American Christianity – naivete. Perhaps naivete is too innocent for what passes as Christianity in our country today. Scripture assures us that by nature we would rather appoint and surround ourselves with teachers and leaders who allow us to claim the live we want rather than live those we should.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 4.3-4)
A recent issue of Time magazine ran “Does God want you to be rich?” as the cover story. Joel Osteen now has a board game that after reading about it in challies.com entry, I’d have to echo, “I feel dirty.” Prominent evangelicals fall to moral sin. Large denominations debate side issues of theology.
We could all use some discernment. All that is preached, proclaimed, written and blogged is not truth. Or even helpful. What are we going to do about it? Let’s accumulate the “Top Ten Suggestions for Becoming More Discerning…” Comment away.