Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
- Truth is changeable and “experiential.” The only truth that matters is that which affects me personally. My truth may be different from your truth.
- Authority figures are irrelevant. Because truth can change from person to person, I don’t need any authority figures to explain truth to me – I have to find my own truth.
- The result or the product is less important than the process by which we get somewhere. Structure doesn’t matter as long as I’m “thinking” and searching for truth. It used to be “the ends justify the means,” (which was also not Biblical.) Now, the end doesn’t even matter. So any “means” is OK – as long as it works for me.
The worldview around me runs contrary to Biblical truth.
- Truth is found in the person of Jesus Christ and his Word. God is the author of all truth – anything that man discovers comes from God. Just as I cannot change the “fact” that 2+2 = 4, I cannot change the facts about God, man, sin, humanity, hell, etc. I cannot choose to believe only the truth that I like and throw away the rest.
- God created human relationships with an in-born NEED for authority. God placed Adam as the “leader” in the Garden and Eve was the support. In marriage, Man is the “head” and woman is the support. In the church as a whole, Christ is the “head” and we, the church, support his work. In individual churches – pastors / teachers lead the church. I can find example after example from Scripture that show me that God put someone in authority to teach, to govern, to lead those following. (Think Moses, Samuel, David, the Judges, etc). In the New Testament, specific commands are given that those who are older and more mature should teach the younger.
- Both the process and the end result do matter. In the old testament, God gave explicit instructions on how to build the ark, the tabernacle and the temple. He did not leave it up to the builders to decide how to go about their business. And the final products were works of excellence in form and aesthetic beauty. God DOES care about the end product. The Bible itself is beautifully written – it was written WELL. The content is amazing and the structure (in it’s original form) was excellent. Both content and structure are important.
I recognize the flaws in the thinking of the world around me. I can see that the world I am working in, EVEN in the Christian school, is flooded with thinking and acting that runs contrary to God’s world. So what do I do? Do I run away from it all, take my kids and isolate them from the world? All of the “Web 2.0” and “School 2.0” practices and theories seem to scream the post-modern worldview. And I would love to run away from it all.
But Jesus didn’t run away; Paul didn’t run away. They lived, moved and interacted within the worldview that pervaded their times, but as Paul says: ". . . .I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. . I've become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn't just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” (I Cor 9:19 – 23, The Message)
My job then, as a Mom, as a teacher, and a minister in God’s Kingdom, is to “keep my bearings” on what I believe, and enter their world. I do need to become more and more familiar with technology; I need to be aware of current methods of teaching and thinking so that I can interact with those around me. But I need to keep my bearings and share TRUTH with those around me. . . from the teachers I work with (Christian and unbelievers) to my students, to my own children.