“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken,” (Isa. 1:2a).
We might assume that those who affirm the inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of God’s Word would automatically submit to its authority. But that isn’t always the case. Even those who hold to a high view of Scripture sometimes fail to obey it. We need to be reminded that the authority of God’s Word isn’t simply a doctrine to be affirmed but a priority to be pursued.
Israel fell into the trap of holding to a high view of Moses and the commandments while failing to abide by those statutes. Paul said, (Read Rom. 2:17–21, 23–24).
Israel’s sin led unbelievers to blaspheme God. That’s analogous to our society in which the Lord is constantly ridiculed because of the sins of His people.
You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read, and your life is under scrutiny every day. What do others learn from you? Do they see an accurate picture of your God?
Christians will always be maligned, but let it be for righteousness’ sake, not because of sin. As Peter said, “Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:12)