When it comes to your beliefs, morals, and practices who has the final say? There are at least three choices – your heart, the culture, or God. If we are Christians, we may instinctively say, “God” of course. But your life and actions will reveal the true source of your standards.
We’ve all heard “be true to yourself,” “follow you heart,” “do what feels right to you,” “do what makes you happy.” These are all well-intentioned sayings, but if we truly did was what “right” to our hearts, the results could have major consequences. Jeremiah 17:9 says “the heart is deceitful above all else and desperately wicked, who can know it.” Our hearts are prone to wonder. Our hearts can deceive us. Our hearts can mislead us.
Your heart cannot have the final say regarding beliefs, morals, and practices.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Sometimes it’s easy to look at popular public opinion, political views, or celebrity endorsements to see the moral landscape of our cultural. It’s easy to understand and accept these viewpoints as we are always inundated by them. It’s easy to go along with what our friends believe, what our family thinks, what our peers suggest. When we let the culture have the final say on what to believe or practice, we will find that our beliefs and practices will constantly be changing because there is no grounding, no truth, no standard on which these belief systems are based off upon.
Our culture cannot have the final say regarding beliefs, morals, and practices.
“See to it that no one takes you capture by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8
The Word of God is our standard for truth, morality, and beliefs. There is no other standard outside of God and His Word. When we disagree with what the Word of God says, the problem is always with us – our hearts, our culture. There is an ultimate standard for truth, and it’s found in God’s Word. If you want to know what to believe or how to live, you shouldn’t look to the world, but to God’s Word. This can only happen through regularly immersing ourselves in God’s Word. This takes effort. You will not drift into a biblical worldview, you must pursue it by reading, studying, and meditating on God’s Word, meeting together with other believers, and sitting under the preaching of God’s Word. We cannot spend our time reading the opinions of others and being engrossed in what our culture tells us and then expect a biblical worldview to happen because we claim Christianity. God’s Word needs to be in our minds daily as we battle though all the other truth claims that our world or our own hearts may throw our way.
God’s Word has the final say regarding beliefs, morals, and practices.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“Your word is truth.” John 17:17b
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16