The Truth of God: Not Trendy (Groothuis)

 I find myself going back to this book several times each year in my studies: Truth Decay by Douglas Groothuis.  In chapter three Groothuis gives a nice summary of the biblical view of truth.  I appreciate them all, but number five sticks out to me right now:

The truth of God is eternally engaging and monument, not trendy or superficial.  In postmodern times, our sensory environments are saturated with bright images, intrusive words and blaring sounds – all vying for our attention (and our funds).  Fads, whether in advertising, politics or sports, come and go with increasing rapidity.  It seems that nothing is settled or rooted or stable over time.  In his book, “The Culture of Disbelief: How American Law and Politics Trivialize Religious Devotion” (1993), Stephen Carter laments that for many people (and the state), religion is little more than a hobby, something with which to amuse oneself, a kind of curiosity for when the mood strikes but not something to take all that seriously, especially in matters of legality.

Yet beyond empty ephemeralities, there lies ‘the Rock of ages.’  Beyond the fragility of shifting tastes, hobby horses and market fluctuations stands the Word of the Lord, resolute and rooted in the eternal God of the universe.  ‘The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of God stands forever’ (Is 40:8). ‘Your word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens (Ps 119:89). And as God  declared to his rebellious people: ‘I the LORD do not change’ (Mal 3:6; see also Heb 13:8). God remains faithful to his covenant with creation and to the community he summons forth.  His word endures and is reliable, from age to age….

God’s truth is grounded in God’s eternal being.  It has no expiration date and needs no image makeovers.  Moreover, it is a living, personal and dynamic truth – a truth that transcends the transient trivialities of our age and touches us at the deepest levels of our beings by including us in an eternal drama.  This truth transforms us, as David knew well: ‘I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you’ (Ps 119:11).

The above quote is found in Douglas Groothuis, Truth Decay, 73-74.

Shane Lems
Hammond, WI, 54015




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