The Golden Standard

“Why has the U.S. Constitution stood the test of time?”

That was the question our high school history teacher laid before us. Most of us guessed it was the ingenuity of the writers, and that their fore-thought laid the foundation.

But that wasn’t the answer she was looking for.

The Constitution still stands hundreds of years later for the same reason God’s Word maintains relevance thousands of years later. Both focused on principles rather than particulars.

Our context is bound to change. If you would’ve asked one of the writers of the Constitution about automobiles, they’d look at you with a funny face. They hadn’t yet invented the word, much less the thing itself.

While everything around us is constantly evolving, one thing remains constant, steady, and unchanging. God. (Malachi 3:6)

God is as relevant today as He was when He formed Adam out of the dust, when He led His people out of slavery and into the Promised Land, and when He came to bear the burden of sin that we could never withstand ourselves.

God is timeless. Not only that, He’s the standard.

Have you ever thought about why sin is bad?

I’ve heard many definitions of sin. Missing the mark, disobeying God, etc. Those are close, but not fully accurate.

God is good. Therefore, anything contrary to who He is would be wrong. What we consider right and wrong is really just answering the question, “Is that who God is?”

If God is the standard and God is timeless, why would we teach about anything else?