The Weekly Word: Where’s your good news?
By Robert Williams, Lead Pastor at The Bridge Church
As a pastor I learned very quickly that there are two sides to every story. As I look for the truth in just about any situation or conflict that I’ve been asked to speak into, there’s always more to the story than what I get from the person reporting it to me.
Many times, this has to do with miscommunication, misunderstanding or misinterpretation of what someone said or how they said it. Honestly, though, sometimes it’s just complete bias from the person telling the story.
With the Bible, though, there is only one story. In order to get the truth, you just have to put forth the effort to read and truly understand it. As a Christian living in the information age, I find this to be extremely comforting because there are all kinds of versions of truth that seem to be competing with one another.
Whether it’s politics, health care advice, or just the news in general, it’s hard to know who to believe or who to listen to. If you spend too much time focusing and fretting over it all you could easily lose your mind.
But God? God gives us truth through His Word in Scripture. He’s given us the truth that is above all truth. He has given us truth that is gospel. Gospel means “good news.” The only question is, “Are you holding fast to it?”
Today we live in a culture that seems to be compromising on that truth. Questioning it in a way that we haven’t since the dawn of our nation, even manipulating it at times to say what we want it to say.
The other day I was reading in 2 Corinthians where Paul is chiding the church for doing exactly what our culture is doing today: compromising on the truth, accepting a different kind of gospel, a different version of hope or good news, fake good news.
He writes, “You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.”
The short of it is that too many of us are looking for good news in a lot of the wrong places. And too many times, we have chosen to cut up the gospel that God gave us to make it the kind of good news we’d like it to be.
But God’s truth is perfect exactly how it is. We can’t put up with whatever anyone tells us, we can’t change the truth that God’s already given us, and we definitely can’t make God’s truth what we want it to be.
When we do these things, it pollutes the living water that God wants to give us. It’s like putting iodine in the well.
So, where do you find your good news? Are you accepting God’s good news as it is or trying to change it to your liking?
Maybe it’s time we ask an even deeper question: Is the good news we find in Scripture enough for you?