One of the books I am currently reading is Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus Death and Resurrection and in the book Thabiti Anyabwile makes a thought provoking statement. “New and meaningful are often two different things. Many of us have accustomed to thinking that meaning comes from newness.”
In our society we have seemed to attach meaningful to newness. Our culture seems to be looking for the new way to lose weight, new way to get rich, new way to you fill in the blank. But just because something is new doesn’t mean it is meaningful and just because something works doesn’t make it ethical.
Some in the Church have seem to bought into this idea that new equals meaningful. We are always looking for that new book to take us to the next level. Looking forward to retreats, camps and conferences for a new experience. Even buy into some personalities that say they have a new word from God. But new isn’t always meaningful and in some cases the new that some people get involved in is down right dangerous.
We have seen in the Scriptures people get deceived by some that claim newness. Jude points to the fact that the false teachers in his day were relying on dreams and visions to proclaim their new revelation (Jude 8). The Apostle John encourages us to test the spirit (1 John 4). We are to discern weather the newness we are reading, listening to, or watching is true or false.
The call to discern makes the assumption we know truth. In order to discern truth from error, we need to know the truth. As believers we need to become so familiar with God and his Word that were not sucked in by the empty promises of the new.
Now, I read new books all the time, reading is one of my passions, especially when it comes to learning about God and his Word. But godly books will not point to new revelation but to God’s revealed Word. They will expound on the old truths in the Scripture that are very meaningful. They will point us to the words of truth which in turn point us to the Person of truth, Jesus Christ.