There are some subjects of conversation that we, as followers of Christ, tend to avoid. The topics I speak of are those that augment the tension between two world views, the Christian and the non-Christian. These opposing views will never find common ground.  The Christian view embraces the supernatural while the non-Christian view remains that of the naturalist/materialist. The latter holds on to human traditions and the basic principles of the world. We find our belief firmly grounded in a reasonable faith as expressed in the absolutes of Scripture.

The prophet Isaiah said as much in Isaiah 1:18; “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”  We do not attempt to reason our way to belief in Jesus Christ. We have faith in Him that undergirds our reason. In other words, we have a reasonable faith.

When topics arise that challenge our presuppositions about God, His Word and His work, we must, with careful reasoning, approach His infallible, authoritative Word for the answers. God has revealed everything in the Bible that we need to know about faith and life. Therefore, we can understand, through His communication to us, everything necessary to answer the challenges regarding any topic.

God is on our side and has something to say about everything. He is very interested that we get the answers to these topics correct according to His Word. Why? Because the very reason we avoid these conversations is our concern of inadequacy in giving a powerful, biblical response. Over the next two weeks we are going to raise questions that we know God can answer. The world’s answers on these will differ greatly from ours. The questions we are going to ask Him don’t bother God at all.  He loves us. He has all the answers.

We hope you will join us at Mount Pleasant Community Church on April 30th and May 7th, as we open the dialogue between ourselves and God by asking:  God, are you homophobic? God, are you chauvinistic?

Wally

Dr. Wally Hostetter is a pastor at Mount Pleasant Community Church.