God is Right

by Lester Young

Now, with Election Day in the U.S. just a few weeks away, how many of you, upon first glance at that title, thought – just off the top of your head – that this article was going to be some kind of political commentary enumerating the differences between the conservative ‘right’ and the liberal ‘left?’ Hmm? Come on, tell the truth. Well, hoping not to disappoint you, but this ain’t that.

There’s only one meaning left, then, for our title statement, and it’s the ‘face-value’ one: God is right! ‘Right;’ as in, the opposite of ‘wrong.’ In other words, God is correct; God is true. So, because He and His Word are One and the same, by definition His Word must also be right, correct and true (John 1:1, 10:30). Jesus clearly declared that the Father’s Words are not just ‘true;’ they’re Truth itself (John 17:17). And, if you think about it, that makes perfect sense; because it would be a basic impossibility to be Truth and yet ‘wrong’ at the same time.

Okay then, if we as Christians – that is, professed followers of Jesus Christ – actually believe that (and we should, because Jesus our Lord is the One Who said it), then we really have no reason or excuse for ever being on the wrong side of any argument or issue, do we? If God’s Word is the Truth and therefore right, then all we have to do to be ‘right’ is to find out what He says about the matter and hold to that position. It really is no more complicated than that.

Now, take note that I didn’t say, “no more ‘difficult.'” I said, “no more ‘complicated.'” The principle that I’m espousing is extraordinarily simple, and absolutely nothing new. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. It’s called, “Repeating what somebody else said.” We do it all the time. It’s even an established policy of governments at the highest levels, and here’s proof: It’s what ambassadors do. As a matter of fact, it’s all they do – it’s their job!

Every ambassador’s task is to stand for the interests of the government that appointed him (or her) to office. His responsibility is to convey and represent that administration’s laws, opinion and position in all matters. It really is irrelevant what he personally may think about an issue – his duty is to relay in no uncertain terms what his government thinks about it. Period.

So, yes, ‘repeating what someone else said’ is pretty much woven into the fabric of our society. We’ve all done it – far too much, in fact. And, we’ve believed what someone else has said – far too much! We’ve listened to words from people who we had absolutely no business whatsoever listening to at all – far, far too much! The trick, then, is – and always has been – to find out whom to listen to and who or what not to listen to; to discern whose words are worth repeating and whose aren’t.

How can we do this? Easy. Jesus said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.” (Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 1:11) So, He, that is, God’s Word, is always our starting place. Always! Regardless of the question, problem, issue or circumstance, we begin our search in God’s Word. After all, He’s the God of all wisdom (Daniel 2:20). Furthermore, when we acknowledge that reverential awe and respect toward the LORD (and therefore toward His Word) is the beginning step to acquiring any wisdom, or knowledge, or understanding, or answers or deliverance of any kind (Psalm 18:2; Proverbs 1:7, 8:14, 9:10), it becomes even more clear where we should be putting our first focus.

And, what if we should find that God’s opinion about a topic happens to differ from the world’s prevailing view, or even our own thoughts on the matter? Well, in case you haven’t noticed by now, that tends to happen quite a lot, and even more frequently as time flows along. The world’s ‘wisdom’ is utter foolishness as far as God’s concerned – and vice-versa (1 Corinthians 2:14, 3:19). In such instances, the question necessarily boils down to, “Whose opinion are you going to believe? Which one are you gonna go with?” Actually, as a child of God and follower of Jesus Christ, a more appropriate query might be, “Whose opinion is it your duty to go with?” (And, always remember, the Bible never leaves us ‘hintless,’ for Romans 3:4 boldly declares, “Let God be true, and ever man a liar; as it is written, ‘So that You may be proved right when You speak, and prevail when You judge.’“)

It may not always be easy to stand up against the ‘popular’ opinion or viewpoint. Indeed, sometimes it’s going to be downright difficult. Difficult, yes, but not complicated. We just choose God’s opinion, and repeat what He said. After all, that’s our job – it’s what ‘ambassadors’ do (2 Corinthians 5:20).

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2 Comments to “God is Right”

  1. Yes, thank God we have a place to find out what “right” is, and that is God’s Word! Amen! Dee

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