Assaulting the First Story

Pastor Doug Wilson on Hebrews 11:3-“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

We begin with the story of creation, which (not surprisingly) is where unbelievers also begin their competing story. “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (vs. 3). Faith for anything in the Christian life begins with our faith in the living and creator God. All this evolution foolishness (and various Christian compromises with it) is nothing less than an assault on the entire Christian faith. You cannot assault the first story without attacking the entire building. (Christ and His Rivals, p. 143-144)

Do We Need to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes?

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Do we need to walk in someone else’s shoes to understand their situation? Most of us would say yes. It is common in secular and Christian circles for a group to be told they cannot speak to another group because they have not had the same experiences. As a male pastor, I am often told that I cannot speak to women because I am not a woman. This a common tactic of social justice warriors and feminists.  You have never had same sex orientation, so you can’t tell me how to live. You have never been a mother so don’t talk to me about motherhood. But is this really true? Must I experience certain things to be able to speak to a person who is experiencing those things?

The Truth

There is a measure of truth to this statement, but that is mainly in the area of emotions and feelings. In other words, unless I have been through giving birth to a child I cannot relate in certain ways to a woman who has. Unless I have been cheated on by my spouse I have not experienced the emotions that would come with that type of crisis. To broaden it out a bit, if I did not grow up in the the inner city, I cannot relate in certain ways to someone who did. Remembering this will help us maintain our compassion and humility when speaking to others. As a man, I don’t want to pretend like I have gone through childbirth. When I speak with a mom who has just given birth compassion and humility are necessary. When I speak to a young man whose father left him at six years old I need to realize I have never been in that situation.  Continue reading