We all flock to articles about the latest controversy, especially if they expose the failures and hypocritical behaviors of people. Bill Cosby’s conviction as a sexual predator fascinates us precisely because it contradicts the wholesome image he projected in the 80s. Warnings to avoid yoga fascinate us because we’ve been conditioned to view it as healthy exercise.
Between Cosby’s sentence yesterday and the expected testimony of Kavanaugh’s accuser tomorrow, I could write some great blog posts examining various sides of sexual assault. I believe such articles would be quite popular. Moreover, Christians should support both victims of sexual assault and repudiate the false accusations that can destroy a person’s life.
Yesterday’s piece on yoga also got a lot of attention, presumably because it touched on a controversial topic. I’m glad so many people read it; the evangelical embrace of yoga troubles me, and I believe we should address it frequently and forcefully.
As important as such issues are, however, it concerns me that my articles on controversial issues get way more attention than my articles on doctrine and the Gospel get. I understand that most professing Christians regard doctrine as dry and dusty. Bible Studies don’t thrill a lot of my readers either, if I’m to believe my stats.
But if you think about it, tackling controversial issues should proceed from a Biblical worldview and simultaneously bring us back to a Biblical worldview. This being the case, we absolutely must maintain a solid foundation in God’s Word. And that maintenance requires that we spend time in Scripture learning its great doctrines.
Monday we’ll resume our Bible Study on resurrection. When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 15, bodily resurrection indeed was highly controversial. As a matter of fact, Paul ended up in prison because his stand for the resurrection created havoc wherever he went. Ladies, if you want controversy, this Bible Study definitely plunges you into the biggest controversy of all time!
My Bible Studies and doctrinal articles may not seem as controversial as those on contemporary matters. But give them a chance. Once you embrace Biblical doctrine, you’ll find all sorts of controversy!