Questions That Put Muscle on Bones (part four)
Could something "more important" prevent people from obeying God's truth?See theme
In this article we finish our probing of the second of three developmental questions:
- What do I need to explain?
- Do we buy it?
- What does it look like in real life?
In previous articles we've seen two reasons why people don't buy a biblical statement: because they don't see the cause-effect connection, or because the statement seems contrary to their real-life experiences. Now we look at a third reason: people don't buy a biblical truth when something " more important " comes up.
On Sunday, our listeners may seem to assent to a particular truth. But during the week other factors come up that outweigh the biblical statement and prevent them from acting consistently with it.
In a vacuum, all things being equal, they buy the biblical truth. But real life is not a vacuum, and all things are not equal. People hold to a hierarchy of beliefs, a ladder of truths. Some values are higher on the ladder than others. They are more important; they matter more; we buy them ahead of others.