Saturday, May 3, 2008

A strong foundation for the next generation

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." Proverbs 1:7

"The search for knowledge can go wrong, not as a result of individual, erroneous judgments or of mistakes creeping in at different points, but because of one single mistake at the beginning. . . . Faith does not -- as is popularly believed today -- hinder knowledge; on the contrary, it is what liberates knowledge [and] enables it really to come to the point."

Gerhard von Rad, Wisdom in Israel, pages 67-68.

We should not look for some higher, more relevant perspective to validate the biblical gospel. That gospel is the light by which we see everything else. It judges everything else as true or untrue, relevant or irrelevant. It liberates us from our unbelief and darkness, so that we see and understand and really come to the point.

This underlies many surface-level questions Christians are struggling with today. It we will keep Proverbs 1:7 in mind, all will be well, even with our mistakes. But if we do not allow Proverbs 1:7 to exert its liberating power in our thinking and planning and strategies, we will lay sandy foundations for the next generation, however successful we may appear to be at the moment.