Yesterday, as I was driving to an appointment, I was on ‘automatic’ as I was praying to God, (ironically, about this blog), when I realized I was going the wrong way. Ninety-nine percent of my driving route takes me down three different roads to the highway, so this veering off in the wrong direction was no surprise.
Naturally, when I’m lost and up against time, Steve Martin and John Candy come to mind. This quote from the movie Trains, Planes and Automobiles resounded in my mind again yesterday.
Indeed I was. I exited off the highway, which sent me into unfamiliar territory. I entered my destination on the GPS, and I was rewarded with “Turn right and stay on Kingston Road.” Yes, stay on Kingston Road. No veering to the right or the left. I eventually reached my destination with 10 minutes to spare.
This episode perfectly describes my experiences when I used to accept many errant Scripture interpretations. I blindly welcomed them from well-meaning Christians and those in leadership without examining the verses myself (1 Thessalonians 5:21). One example I misused was Matthew 18:18, “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”*. I was binding and loosing everything. Who kept loosing Satan when I had just bound him? The nerve!
Just as I was operating on automatic yesterday, how many sisters in Christ are also operating on automatic (as I did yesterday) when it comes to what they believe about Scripture? I too thought I didn’t need to examine and test what I thought was true. I assumed I had the correct meanings and was heading in the right direction.
My arm-waving warnings to some Christian women regarding the need for discernment has been met with no response at all or with, “Oh I know. I’m just doing my best to bring the kingdom of Heaven to earth”. If it’s not dominion theology, it’s another false doctrine; these dear women automatically assume they are going the right way.
Sometimes, some respond by saying that I am wrong to question teachings and that I am off-base.
During a discussion about false teachings and a woman whom I respect, a dear sister from Naomi’s Table reminded me of the importance of prayer. I am grateful for the reminder, or I might have jumped into the situation waving a sword in each hand. I would have been devoid of gentleness, kindness, and guidance. I needed the reminder that ultimately it is God who brings truth (John 16:13) and repentance (2 Timothy 2:25) and it is He who frees us from the lies of this guy:
While I hope that every shout of “You’re going the wrong way!” results in an examination of beliefs, there comes a time when I simply need to lower my waving arms and bring them together in prayer.
Now that I’ve stretched the analogy to its breaking point and butchered the scene of this movie, here’s the full clip for you to enjoy.
Soli Deo Gloria,