What I got to thinking about, though, was how odd our tastes as humans are. At this particular meal we were having bacon as any good American family would. My boys like their bacon on the crispy side of the bacon spectrum while I like mine much more chewy. Don’t get me wrong, either side will move to the opposite category if that is the only bacon available, but how we prefer it is different.
This same principle can be used with many other types of food. I’ve seen people insist a steak had to be hard as a brickbat and fully cooked to be enjoyed properly while I take the much more tasty and tender option of medium-rare. I’ve known folks who would nearly not eat anything at the breakfast table if someone else’s eggs were runny while I sit back and chase the liquefied yolk across my plate with a piece of toast. The list could literally go on and on about taste and how we prefer certain foodstuffs cooked. Neither of the sides will come together because they are equally convinced in their own minds that the way they prefer is the way it absolutely should be prepared and eaten.
Perhaps I’m taking a huge leap but that little conversation about food and how we like things prepared got me thinking about people and what we perceive truth to be. So often when we discuss a matter of great importance the leanings of the debaters will follow the lines of what they think is the best option. They have no verifiable data that proves what they are saying is true nor do they want any; their feelings (or taste) dictates how they will fall on a certain matter. I believe that is exactly what we are seeing in this election cycle and in many modern churches today. People’s feelings (or taste) is taking precedence over any other factor.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we just had something that could tell us what is right and wrong apart from taste or feelings? If we just had a manual or guidebook we could point to and say “Your feelings are wrong, this is right” it would make things so much simpler, wouldn’t it? Well, we do. It is called the Word of God or the Holy Bible and the whole book points us to God. It is the guidebook for all of human experience and God has given it to us so we can know Him and His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Bible speaks of the necessity of the Word of God in every person’s life and how It is the source for direction, not our feelings. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 the Apostle Paul writes “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” In the book of Psalms the Psalmist writes “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7-8). In another Psalm we read “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105).
The Word of God is sure, it is eternal, and it cannot be changed by the changing winds of man’s opinion or the shifting sand of cultural decline. Instead of basing our opinions of any subject on something as fickle as feelings or taste we should base our entire belief system on what God’s Word says is true and holy and just.