How often have we been guilty of not doing our homework? I’m not talking about high-school stuff; I’m talking about life stuff.
In the age of “fake news” and social media, it probably has become even more important that we do our homework. We live in the era of Snopes, PolitiFact, FactCheck, and Hoax-Slayer. There has always been a need to double-check so-called facts presented by the experts, but thanks to the internet, we have witnessed the rise of the fact check website.
Fairly often I have had to gently remind friends and acquaintances to check their sources. “Have you done your homework?” Even though we pass along things about people we don’t know personally, it is not automatically excusable to share “internet gossip.”
Bill Bullard writes, “Opinion is the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.”
Thanks, Bill; I relate to that. And what happens every day in the media world has been happening in our churches forever. We have opinions, but often are short on facts—“Well, I know it’s in the Bible somewhere!”
Many Christians remain caught between ignorance and truth because we don’t avail ourselves to the discipline of study. We just don’t do our homework. And it’s not just intellectual. I had a prof in college that said we just don’t have enough formative reading in our churches, literally “form-receiving”.
We may sing with passion and even have scripture memorized, but our lives remain unchanged. Have you ever pondered over a passage of scripture and allowed it to permeate your spirit? How often do you allow the Word of God to change your mind? Or your life? Have you ever read ideas that may differ from a position you’ve taken and held onto for years and tried to see where this “heretic” is coming from? Have you asked the Holy Spirit to guide you in your Bible study? It was a rabbi from Nazareth that said knowledge of the truth is what will set us free.
I like the words of Alexander Pope—“Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.”