Which Had You Rather Follow as a Standard: “They Say” or “It Is Written”?

“They say” is the standard on which a dairyman bases most of his decisions.

He feeds his livestock different rations at different stages in their lives because “they say” the practice is needed to provide the most nutrition. He conducts the general operation of his farm in a certain manner because “they say” the method is the most efficient and profitable manner available. He implements certain milking procedures because “they say” these routines are the most conducive to quality milk production.  “They” are supposed to be scientists who have carefully weighed the many options to determine the best methods for operating a dairy.

A dairyman continuously alters his financial decisions based upon news reports and rumors which “they say” are occurring in the milk market. “They say” that the milk market is a virtual roller coaster driven and affected by the worldwide market. “They say” that a New Zealand dairyman adding a cow to his herd will inevitably lower the price which a dairyman in Kentucky will receive for his milk. But “they also say” that an increase of 40% in U.S. exports of dairy products has no positive bearing on the price. “They” are an anonymous, unspecified group of CEOs, economists, and investors who supposedly stay abreast of the current and future markets.

In every business division, every career field, every governmental agency, and every aspect of our lives, important decisions are implemented solely upon the “expert” opinions of an unidentified, unknown, anonymous group of people – “they”. When asked why one does what he does, the only answer available is “They say it’s the best way.”

The good news is that when it comes to making decisions concerning our soul’s salvation, we do not have to depend upon a standard established by an unknown, undetermined, anonymous group of “experts”.  Instead, we can begin our explanations for our actions with the words, “It is written”. We, as individuals who are responsible for our own decisions have a comprehendible, written standard which we may peruse and meditate upon. Each of us is expected to regularly exercise our right to do so. Why? Because when we stand before God in judgment, “they say” will be an inadmissible defense.

God gave us his word so that when asked why we believe and practice our faith, we will never be left with the lone option of shrugging our shoulders and replying, “They say.”

“For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:10b-12) ESV

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) ESV

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