God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply...” (Genesis 1:27-28)
Before I became a pastor, I received a job offer from the U.S. Secret Service. Though they are mainly known for their presidential protection, they also investigate counterfeit currency. Their method of detecting counterfeit is simple. Instead of learning the numerous types of counterfeits, they learn the true mint that prints the U.S. bills so well, that all other counterfeits stand out in comparison.
In our culture today, sadly there are many counterfeit claims that seek to blur God’s timeless truth. The world tells us that there are multiple genders, many forms of marriage, and many roads to many gods. But when you know God’s Word and know it well, all the lies of the world will stand out as counterfeits when compared to His timeless truth. So what is the truth?
There is one God in three persons, who created mankind in two genders; He created them male and female, and marriage is a God given gift between a man and a woman. Sadly, we as His image bearers rebelled against Him to be forever separated; but there is one mediator between God and man – the man Jesus Christ. Those who trust and obey Him will be united with Him as one, now and forever.
Like the Secret Service Agents who know their true U.S. bills, we as followers of Christ must also know God’s Word and investigate the culture’s claims through the lens of His timeless and objective truth. Stand firm in the face of our culture’s lies by arming yourself for battle with the belt of truth and the sword of the Sprit, which is the Word of God.
Question: How can I train harder to defend my faith in Christ in today’s culture?
Challenge: Read a book on Christian apologetics (C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, etc.).
Prayer: Lord, give me the desire to study your Word, the knowledge to defend my faith, and the strength to stand firm in your truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Tim Cho, Chapel Leader -- Washington Nationals