There is something that I have noticed lately. As Christians we can become very threatened by outside view-points. It is true that we should guard against liberalism and false teaching. But is also true that we must be willing to search the Scriptures like the Bereans and change our ways of thinking.

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11)

Paul’s time in Thessalonica ended with a bloodthirsty mob attacking his friends and calling for the civil authorities to do something about the apostle. They could not deal in the world of truth and ideas so they tried to silence the apostle in the midst of his ministry. Though many Christians do not go to the lengths of violence and riot today, yet there is still a spirit of fear among them. Fear of having their teachings and leaders challenged. Fear of the unknown. Fear that their long established beliefs and traditions will be disproven. And this fear leads to silencing or ignoring any dissenting voice.

There is a reason Luke makes special note of the Berean Jews. He calls them noble. The sign of nobility is being able to listen to viewpoints and hold them up to Scripture alone. The truth has nothing to fear. It does not have to be proven by silencing the opposition or ignoring their ideas. Instead truth stands up before every scrutinizing eye, and every questioning mind. It invites the listener and reader,

Come now, let us reason together. (Isaiah 1:18)

Truth is stronger than violence, riot, political influence, fame, wealth, or any authority on this earth, because truth is established in the power of Christ. The Holy Spirit guards and testifies to the truth. And in the end, whether people accept it or not, the truth of God still stands.

We each as believers are growing in our understanding and knowledge of the Christ and His Word. Instead of being afraid, we should be bold. Willingly and freely hearing others because we are secure in the truth. The way we silence the lies that we hear is by wielding the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God), accurately and boldly.

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