The Lack of Milk

11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. ~ Hebrews 5:11-14

I recently went to a Christian play that incorporated acrobatics and ballet as it told the story of Jesus. The problem was the play, though written, produced, and performed by Christians, wasn’t Biblically accurate. Sure, I overlooked areas where they took a little bit of artistic liberty, the little things, if you will, but the big things just sent my heart rate up. And there were many. Let’s just say my heart rate didn’t drop below 94 for the full 2 ½ hour production. No one that I went with, family and friends, understood why it bothered me so much. My mom just kept saying, “Chew up the meat and spit out the bones.” My friend even had the audacity to call me an angry elf right after saying how much she was enjoying it.

Here’s the thing. It’s not like it was Disney or Dream Works or some other non-Christian Heathen company that created this production. No. It was believers. It was Christians. It was people who are called to witness to the world and bring the Gospel to all people. This is what upset me so much. The Church today refuses to read the Bible for themselves. They refuse to seek the Truth of God instead of their own Church Traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.

How can we share the Gospel and train up disciples for Christ when we ourselves don’t even know the basics? Peter is not the rock that Christ built His Church on. Christ is the rock. Peter is named ‘little rock’. Peter Himself even says that Christ is the Cornerstone that the Church is built on, yet Christians refuse to study and read their Bible in order to know Truth. They just stick to whatever was taught. The Bereans checked Paul; why aren’t we checking those teaching us today, especially since all the authors of the New Testament warned us of coming false teachers? It doesn’t make sense. I don’t understand why teaching false beliefs doesn’t make the rest of my family uncomfortable and upset. I believe it should. If these are the people teaching the Word to baby Christians and those in the world, then they, more than anyone else, should be teaching the Truth and not just Church Tradition.

Dear LORD, please help me to never stop seeking Your Truth and reading and studying Your Word for myself. Help me to reject anything that isn’t of You regardless of how long I have believed it or how long it has been taught. Teach me to only speak and teach Your Truth and never my own or anyone else’s. Teach me to have patience with and to love those who aren’t as knowledgeable as I am. Please have mercy on Your Church and overshadow us with Your mercy so that we might have an awakening throughout the world. So that we might reject all things that are false and move on from milk to meat. In Jesus name, I pray, amen.

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