Selective hearing in christians
8 April 2020
It is an unfortunate reality in this generation that Christianity in its purest form is dying out. We have fallen into the subtle trap of “selective hearing.”Our hearts only accept what it really wants to hear and ignores everything else God and the Bible have to say. In a way, the prophecy of Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3 is being fulfilled in our days. “The time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.” Christians are becoming rapidly impatient with the truth and would rather spiritualize a behavior or a lifestyle that appeals to their sensual inclinations. They would even go as far as establishing or justifying it with the word of God.
At times, our hearts try to imitate God’s voice. We try to convince ourselves that God is leading us in a certain direction when in the actual sense; it is our carnal and selfish minds trying to have its way. However hard we try to convince ourselves, these imitations won’t stand the test and scrutiny of God’s truth. The word of God cannot be broken. If, in all sincerity, we examine those promptings we often associate with the Holy Spirit, in the light of God’s words, we will immediately discover the folly of our minds. Selective hearing is the undoing of many promising Christians today. People with potential have missed their chances of obtaining the promise because they have chosen which truth to follow or leave behind.
For instance, there will never come a time when respect, dignity, honesty, and love will be optional in our Christian life. These are parts of basic values of Christianity. We are redeemed to set a standard of love and righteousness in a divided and defiled world. Racial discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes are common problems everywhere. Therefore, we have been called according to His purpose to show forth His glory. We are the salts and lights of the world, and it is our duty to heal the world of its rust and decadence, to a sense of direction to the people around us while leading them to the Prince of peace. If you are anything short of this, instead of trying to explain or justify your actions, acknowledge a need for help to be a better Christian and Christ, the Redeemer of the world will not leave you unaided.