JEREMIAH 6:16 “This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask which paths are the old, reliable paths. Ask which way leads to blessings. Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves. But you said that you wouldn’t live that way.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Should a Christian be “Progressive”? Progressive has become a political term that encourages social change through new liberal ideas. It repudiates the past and holds the promise for a brighter tomorrow. People who cling to the principles of the past are seen as archaic and ignorant. In fact, they are the true enemies of progressive thought and change, as they clamor to cling to the past. So, should Christians be “Progressive”?
Whenever we try to address the ills of society and mankind with our own concepts and ideas we have begun to travel down a slippery slope. What appears to be wisdom, is really folly in disguise. The mere notion of progressive thought is in direct contradiction to the revelation of a God who does not change, and His Word that is eternal. It is this pull to progressive thinking that has been the demise of God’s people throughout generations. The nation of Israel wanted to progress and become like all it’s trendy neighbors. This led them only to sin against the Lord and the eventual Assyrian and Babylonian captivities. Jeremiah speaks the Word of the Lord to the last bastion of Israelites in Jerusalem in this verse. It was a solemn warning to them, and it is a solemn warning to us!
- “This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask which paths are the old, reliable paths. Ask which way leads to blessings. Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves…”
When Jesus walked this earth He proclaimed – “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father but by Me!” The way to life is narrow. It is not that God calls us to be narrow minded. Far from it. God calls us to reason together with the Creator of the universe! No, God calls us to be discerning. He has declared the pathway of life from the foundation of the world. It has not changed. Man and the problem of sin has not changed. God’s Word, His path, His will, does not morph with time. We do not outgrow parts of it as we become more enlightened. We actually become more entrenched in darkness as we neglect it. James warns us of two types of wisdom in this world.
- “Do any of you have wisdom and insight? Show this by living the right way with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and filled with self-centered ambition, don’t brag. Don’t say that you are wise when it isn’t true. That kind of wisdom doesn’t come from above. It belongs to this world. It is self-centered and demonic. Wherever there is jealousy and rivalry, there is disorder and every kind of evil. However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere. A harvest that has God’s approval comes from the peace planted by peacemakers.” (James 3:13-18 GW)
This type of wisdom comes from God alone! The Christian should be neither progressive or regressive. The Christian should be obedient to the written and revealed Word of God that does not change – period! When we ignore the old reliable paths, when we stop asking Him for the pathway that leads to blessing, we progressively get worse!
Lord, keep my heart and mind focused upon You today. May I walk after Your Spirit, in full obedience, empowered by Your grace in my life! Let me embrace the reliable paths, let me seek with all my heart the pathways that lead to blessing. May I be neither progressive or regressive. Help me simply to be obedient!
In Jesus Name!