The window in my office is right above a two-tiered desk, which means that sometimes it is difficult to open and close. That often means when I do try to close it, there’s a crack just large enough to make the wind whistle … kind of like the sound effect in a Jane Eyre movie.
That’s the way it’s been on this windier-than-usual day. I hear the wind whistle, huff and howl. I look out and I see a piece of paper scuttle along the street and then take off into the air like a kite … only to land in the street once again,
And I think of Ephesians 4:14: So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
I think about the winds of doctrine.
First of all, doctrine is another word for teaching or instruction. Doctrine is not a BIG seminary word that only seminary students can understand.
Second, when we say we don’t want to teach our kids Bible doctrine, we are saying we don’t want to teach them anything from God’s Word. Because learning to obey your parents is doctrine. Learning to be honest is doctrine. The Gospel itself is doctrine. Backing away from doctrine can be rather disastrous for someone who is learning about the Bible.
Third, when I hear someone say, “We don’t want to teach kids about this or that or any number of things — because there are so many interpretations,” I cringe.
Now, we all agree we have questions about God and the Bible. But God is a lot more interested in us understanding His Word than we are in understanding it. Why would He include a major doctrine that we can’t figure out with some effort? I don’t think He would.
Yet, so many people are fluttering around with the winds of doctrine. “We can’t teach THAT! I heard someone on the radio say THIS! I kind of believe that, but now I believe THIS because I read a book on it and you know it made the NY Times best seller list. That pastor says THAT and look at the big following he has.”
I think of the paper outside my window, spiraling in the wind, hitting the ground and then rocketing upward, momentarily getting caught in a tree before once again falling to the earth.
Doctrine is teaching.
Doctrine is a necessary component of our Christian life.
Doctrine is absolute truth.
We need to teach our kids doctrine … the obeying-part, the honesty-part … and most of all, the GOSPEL part. We would be remiss if we didn’t. We want them to stand on a firm foundation.
Paul later writes: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
Let’s not get caught up in a wind storm. Let’s not be tossed to and fro. Let’s not be caught up in deceitful schemes.
Let’s concentrate on having our feet on solid ground,
Let’s teach our kids sound teaching.
Let’s guide them in not turning away from listening to the truth.
I sit at my desk and I hear the wind whistle, huff, and howl, and I am thankful that God has given us His Word.
And I think what a great word picture God has given us.