Focal Passage: John 1:14-18; 8:30-32; 18:36-38a
You know the story well. A Christian man and woman own a small bakery. They run their business according to their Christian principles, principles based on the Bible, which classifies homosexual behavior as sin. One day a gay couple enters the bakery. The Christian couple is happy to serve them until they request a cake for their upcoming wedding. Fearing that to honor the couple’s request would be to join in celebrating what they believe to be sinful, the couple denies the request. Soon after, they are sued.
This story is an anomaly in a culture that operates by the mantra that every individual should be allowed to live out his or her own personal version of truth. Such a story, however, is inevitable when competing personal truths collide. Shouldn’t there be an absolute by which we can measure our truths?
Common sense says there should be. Experience says there should be. We accept the idea of absolute truth in virtually every human category except religion and morality.
By God’s grace, Christians know there is such a standard – the Word of God, without error, fully trustworthy and solely sufficient for all that we need for life and godliness. Yet, many believers wrestle with the truth of scripture. Friends, we can experience and share real peace and freedom in a confused world full of competing truths. Let us shine the light and source of all truth, Jesus, that others might believe and be saved.