I will never flip a house. Why? I’ve seen one too many episodes of “Flip This House.” In one episode the flippers bought a house only to find that it needed far more work than they’d previously thought (don’t they all?). We’re not talking needing one more bathroom sink or light fixture, we’re talking new foundation, all new electrical (yikes!) and a new roof extra. That’s when I wondered why these professional house flippers hadn’t had a very good inspection. When we bought our home we paid an inspector (a team actually) to go over our home, top to bottom, with a fine toothed comb and give us the nitty-gritty. We went in knowing what we were dealing with. When you buy house, you buy its foundation and its history. And sometimes people who don’t do their homework buy more than they’ve bargained for. Caveat emptor!
It is certainly no different when it comes to our faith, in both our beliefs and our practices. We need to do our homework and know that what we believe is solid and true, not just a fine façade hiding a crumbling foundation and faulty wiring. We need to beware of following whatever sounds good. Paul warned the church at Colossae to, “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Col. 2:8, ESV) Every philosophy, worldview, and argument has a foundation, and when you buy the argument, you buy it’s framework—crumbling foundation, faulty wiring, decaying roof, all. When your very life & soul are on the line, you do your homework and inspect your “house” top to bottom, bottom to top. You can’t afford to buy now, think later.
This is why we study and why we examine our faith and practices thoroughly no matter how long, or how deeply, or by whom a belief may have been held (Acts 17:11). We want to know that our faith is built on the solid foundation of Truth in the flesh: Jesus Christ. When all of our life is based solidly in His life and teaching, not tradition or fine sounding but empty-headed arguments, we will see God build a life for us that is strong, firm, and robust enough to handle all of life’s great events, good, bad, and triumphant. (Matthew 7:21-29)
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand. (Edward Mote, 1834)