READ: 1 Timothy 3:14-16
- Even though the word “post-modern” was first used around 1880 and has been included in various fields (art, architecture, etc.) since the 1930s, the tangible post-modern era has been felt in all areas of life since the 1970s. The rejection of any grand narrative, any objective reality, or any moral universalism has been clearly seen in the thinking of the past two generations (commonly called Generation Y and the Millennials).
- Postmodern thinking rejects any sense that there is a “correct” way to see things; there are only relative ways of seeing the world. The world is interpreted from where you are, currently. That may not be the way it really is. Thus, when Christians proclaim the Gospel, the story of Jesus, or the Bible, we appear to be claiming a place of absolute truth in a world that only believes in truth relative to its current location. Whatever we say, we come across as narrow-minded and ill-informed at best; judgmental and ignorant at worst.
- Yet Paul claims that the church (universal—though manifest in local congregations) is the foundation and pillar of the truth (it has a definite article, “the,” so it’s not merely a nebulous truth, but a specific expression of the truth about our faith). He calls Christians to be the foundation of truth. We are to be the ones who provide the footing and glue for truth. We are to be the ones that demonstrate to the world that truth not only does exist, but that it is effectively impacting the lives of people.
- How would you describe your view of truth?
- Reflect on how you believe truth should be expressed? Is there such a thing as universal truth?
- What does it mean to be a “pillar and buttress” (ESV) of the truth?
PRAY: Thank God for giving us a grand story that explains all other stories. Pray that we can live in such a way that we uphold and model the power of truth. Ask God to use the hundreds of conversations going on this week to help us become more committed to truth.