I can’t even begin to imagine the kind of day this person had when they found out that someone played a cruel trick on them.  While in China, I heard about other foreigners going to tattoo shops and asking for a special phrase – but ending up with a tattoo of  外国人 (meaning “foreigner”) permanently inked on the body but, I think “turkey sandwich” might win the day.

This kind of cruel trick is one of many reasons why I never thought about getting that kind of souvenir – but it also speaks to how dangerous it is to blindly trust others as “experts”.  Just because someone speaks the language – doesn’t mean that they have your best interests at heart or will choose to share truth with you. 

Whether it is the language of science, news, religion, history, economics, politics, love, parenting, marriage, psychology or ethics – speaking the language, having a solid grasp on the topic, having a platform to speak from, being paid by others or holding an important post does not mean that this is the person you should trust and go to for truth. 

Speaking directly about those that would claim to teach us about God – whether it be teachers or trusted voices that council us – in 1 John 4:1 we are told to “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (ESV)  He goes on to talk about how every spirit that is from God will confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh from God.

And then in Colossians 3:15-17 we read about how their life should also match up to the words that they teach and that the message of Christ should live in their hearts.  God says through Paul “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (ESV)

My prayer for us this week is that we will consider the voices that we listen to.  That we will not blindly trust, but instead be people that test other’s words against the truth of God and all He stands for.  Let us be known once again as Christ Followers, as His truth dwells richly in us, and guides our way.

Striving alongside you for the prize,