It’s that time of my life where I am now faced with teaching my daughter how to drive. I am thinking about skipping some parts and would just like to know what you think. I need your advice.
Do you think I should cut out the pages that I know she won’t like?
Surely my daughter won’t want to hear about those boring red lights or how about those 'Stop' signs, I know she won’t like those because they will just hold her back from moving forward. Or what about the 'Give Way' sign where she would have to consider others? And then there’s the warning, ‘Cliff Ahead’, amongst other items I think I should leave out as they will only upset and confuse her.
Yes, perhaps I should concentrate on the green lights where you can just flow along doing her own thing and show her how to use those ‘roundabouts’ where everyone has equal opportunity. If I teach her just these things, I am still technically teaching her the correct doctrine of driving, right? Because after all, everything that I am teaching her comes directly from the driver’s manual, I am just leaving out some parts that I know she doesn’t want to hear and it may put her off driving all together if I teach her these things. I certainly don’t want to do that, so I think the wise thing here is to just leave all those things out.
Sorry, what was that?
I would be putting my daughter’s life in danger? Why, I have given her 90% of the instructions so really, I have blessed her abundantly with the good news.
What? I am being a careless father?
But it’s only 10% that I am leaving out and someone will probably tell her about it at some stage, why should I be the one to? She won’t like me very much if I do that and I have a fear that she won’t speak to me anymore.
The truth is…
If you are like me, you will see the benefit of those items in the 10% column of the traffic book. They are there because people need to be aware of what is good and acceptable in life on the road.
If you are like me, you will see the benefit of those items in the 10% column of the Bible. They are there because the people need to be aware of what is good and acceptable on the road of life.
What if I were to cut out all the parts of the Bible that aren’t popular and just concentrated on the more ‘acceptable’ and ‘positive’ parts of the Bible?
You would end up with a different gospel, right? A gospel that is pleasing to man, but not pleasing to God. A different gospel is dangerous because you’re presenting people with only a portion of the truth. If you think I would be a neglectful father for leaving out parts of the driving manual, how much more neglectful are we as disciples to leave out important information from the Word that affects the lives of those who we say we love, with eternal consequences.
Let’s be committed to the importance of THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD on this journey.
2 Corinthians 11:4
‘For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.’
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!’
Apostasy in the church today isn’t necessarily what is being said, in many cases, it’s what is not being said!
– By Judah Ayling