I find it odd that our society is passionately embracing the organic way of life in every way except for how and what we feed our spirits. Maybe it’s because we aren’t feeding our own souls. Instead we are allowing people like Oprah, TV preachers and podcasts feed us because we are too lazy to find it for ourselves. So it would stand to reason that most of us have no flippin’ idea what is actually in the so called truth that we are absorbing. Is what we are allowing our eyes, ears and spirits to consume truly untainted, strictly original, pure truth? Or is it just mostly truth with a little humanism, universalism, personal agenda and warped philosophy slipped in to make it taste and feel a little better?
It’s no secret that we live in a “feel good” society that encourages the message if something feels good, looks good, or sounds good, have it! NONE of us are immune to this tendency. Constantly, we are bombarded with new messages, new ideas, even old philosophies repackaged as new ones being thrown our way by highly influential political, media & religious figures. Scripture warns us that no matter who it’s coming from or how amazing it sounds, EVERYTHING must be filtered through God’s source of absolute truth to see if it measures up to the organic standard.
For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things. I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I’m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way. ~2 Corinthians 11:2-4
Paul was warning the Corinthians against their tendency to just fall for messages of high powered teachers that sounded good and seemed to make sense. Yet these messages were false teachings. Today, it is no different for us. There are many false messages from respected authorities that seem to make sense and maybe even be a better way. But false truth, even when mixed with genuine truth is dangerous because it still pollutes and robs us of purity. Paul was pretty upset because he felt responsible for the church and his commitment to be able to present her as a pure, untainted bride.
I believe it is wise to always be open-minded and not to think we already know it all and can’t be taught anything new. That’s called self-righteousness. The people of Berea were open-minded believers, but they were obviously also wise in their open-mindedness.
And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men. ~Acts 17:11-12
I just think there is a balance that must be found between having the kind of child-like faith that opens ourselves up to believe in things we cannot see or understand. Attempting to follow every letter the law and condemning those who don’t, and being so open-minded to anything and everything new just because we have been believing isn’t working.
Just like for optimal physical health there should be a balance between eating ONLY nuts and vegetables versus living off of McDonalds and twinkies.
Sure, organic truth comes with a higher cost and it might mean we have to work a lot harder to get it. Sometimes it means we have to take drastic measures and just get away for a while so we can turn off the voices of everyone else and get ourselves alone with God and his Word and get back to the source of organic truth.
I feel passionately and write about this, because my own personal experience is that deception and false beliefs get snuck in on us. We usually don’t even realize we’re consuming junk because it tastes so good. Lack of organic truth robs us of Holy Spirit power and the ability to discern the real thing from the substitute.
Ultimately unorganic spirit food weakens our spirit to the point that it has the potential to land us flat on our butt picking ourselves up off the floor before we ever even realized that all along, we’ve been letting in way too much junk and we’re just malnourished.