We have spent a lot of time talking about literature lately. I hope you enjoyed our journey to Middle Earth. I love these books, and I think that they are a great way to communicate real truth about our world in an environment that people are not threatened by but rather accepting of.
This is something that we need more of in the world today, and this is something I want to talk about for the next week. As Christians, we want to do our best to communicate truth. We don’t want to compromise on that by any means because we believe that the truth of God has consequences. Getting these eternal matters right makes a difference in the Christian worldview.
Unfortunately, some of the Christian truths really are not very popular, so when we communicate certain things, it is almost like a wall is put up immediately.
As an obvious example I like to talk about, if you are outrageous enough to say that there is only one true God and other religions are false, some people are not going to listen. They are going to call you intolerant and backwards because obviously you can’t be audacious enough to actually believe that some people are wrong and only one particular religion is right.
As a Christian, this is a message that I want to communicate to people. I want them to understand that there is one way to God, and Jesus Christ is that way. I believe it has eternal significance because the blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that covers over the sin of all people for all time. Only by believing in Him for your salvation can anyone be saved. I want people to know this, but if I say it outright, some people simply shut down.
Therefore, I need a different approach to get to these people.
In Middle Earth, it is clear that there is one acceptable truth. The ring must be destroyed. We understand that because we understand the evil consequences and power it can bring about. It is not very threatening to my lifestyle when it is in the story.
This message, however, applies to my life as well. There is one acceptable truth, and kind of like throwing the ring into the fire of Mount Doom, I need to throw my sin into the fire and accept the salvation that comes from Jesus Christ once I have made that decision.
In one situation, I am hearing what Frodo has to do, and in the other, I am hearing what has to be done in my life. One is a story, and one is reality, but they both communicate the same truth.
Perhaps this is then one approach that I can take as I try to convey truth to a generation that might not always want to hear it. I’m not watering down the truth by talking about Frodo, but perhaps I’m helping make a connection. Just like I can put together the fact that there is truth in Middle Earth that applies to my life, other people can as well.
This is one valid method that we learned from the Lord of the Rings about communicating truth to people who don’t want to hear it. We’re not disguising truth, but we are communicating in a way that forces them to think and make connections. It might seem more roundabout and perhaps not as efficient, but it is also a way that is not always going to run into the walls that people build so quickly in 21st-century society.
Also, I want to give a very special shout out today to Glynn Young who published a very nice review of my book, Learn to Learn! Be sure to give it a read, and thank you very much for the review!