For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (NIV).
This is now. This is 1939. This is 1914. This is 1860. This is 1774. This is…this is the way of humanity. Paul wrote these words two thousand years ago. He wrote them to and about people familiar with the idea that some in society will ignore God and, instead, seek out what they want to hear. If it wasn’t true then, Paul wouldn’t have written it. It meant something to people then. Tell me, do we really think there are new things under the sun? They who turned their ears away from the truth and turned aside to myths, like those who would do so today, are but the shadows of people who have done so since we were kicked out of Eden.
Danger, Will Robinson, that you and I don’t fall into that trap. The siren song of false politics, “if it makes you happy” soma, arguing endlessly, and a hundred other falsehoods are tempting to believer and unbeliever alike. Or haven’t you heard of Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, the Schuller family and the rest of the popular televangelists who succumbed to sin? Or the Catholic ‘churchocrats’ who’ve made careers out of secretly hiding the gross offenses of predators? It has happened for years; it happened just before great wars and monumental events. People tire of sound doctrine and give in to something else. And disaster inevitably follows. In the last days, it will get worse.
But in the face of it, the antidote is kindness. Let’s not become weary in doing good because doing good turns back the untruths and the myths and the pop culture lies. If the cure for the common sin is Christ, then the first tool He gives us to build up His following is to simply do good. Be kind. Live nicely and gently and patiently and carefully. Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words. The opposite of unsound doctrine is sound doctrine, and the evidence of the sound teaching of Jesus Christ is kindness to others.
So that’s our challenge for today: be kind to someone. When someone wants to argue with you over some (largely meaningless) point, respond in patience and kindness. Let the guy from the other lane merge in. Do some random act of kindness today…just because. Tomorrow may indeed bring disaster so let’s prepare for it with a smile today.
For further reading: Ecclesiastes 1:9, Galatians 6:9, 2 Timothy 4:5.
Lord Jesus, You always showed kindness to people, even to those who made themselves enemies to You. Help me to do that today, to be kind, to smile, to help.