“and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 NRSV.
In our daily lives, we are no stranger to obstacles. Especially during this COVID crisis, it seems to have gotten worse. Recently Janice and I decided we would change insurance companies. For over two weeks, we played “telephone tag” with someone on the west coast working from home. Working at home ourselves, we have grown to appreciate the complexities. Between the time difference and the person’s work hours, it seemed nearly impossible to complete the application process for one of our policies. I am sure we all have faced similar obstacles while our regular lives have been put on hold.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he is talking about the obstacles he faced from some of the opponents of Christ. They were judging the message of Christ by human standards. He explains that while we are humans, living in the world, the word of Christ cannot be judged by human standards because it is of divine authority. This power of this message, the wisdom, and knowledge does not come from man but directly, and divinely from God. This message then can tear down any arguments, and obstacles that human standards may raise. Through Christ, the barriers are taken captive. Those things in the way of the message become inconsequential.
As Christians, we experience the same hurdles today. The world is full of non-believers who base their beliefs on scientific theory and other criteria. They are full of arguments and obstacles against the message of Christ. Perhaps more dangerous though, are those who twist the word of Christ for their purposes. In the Bible, these are known as false prophets. People who promote the message of Christ without the conviction of his message, peddling Christianity as a product, or political agenda rather than what it is freedom and salvation.
How do we know what to believe and who to trust? Only by reading and studying the Bible. Spend some dedicated time each day to reading, praying, and contemplating the meaning of scripture. Let the Holy Spirit guide you through this journey. If you have the opportunity, join a Bible Study. There is much to be learned in the reading and sharing of scripture together. You will receive insights from others that you may never discover on your own.
God, we give you thanks for your divine word. In the knowledge of scriptures, we can speak with authority the message of Christ. Help us when we are faced with the obstacles against your message, that we reply not by human standards, but through the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, we pray. Amen.