Tony Elder

Tony Elder

Did you hear about the money recently scattered along a local section of one of our interstates? It seems that the door of an armored vehicle came open, resulting in cash flying out onto the highway. The security personnel were apparently unaware of what was happening until a passing motorist drew their attention to it. There are videos showing people pulling off the road, gathering money, and taking off in their cars with the loot. Originally I heard that almost $200,000 were involved. A small amount was returned, but most of it was unaccounted for. However, the authorities have reminded people that car tags and faces were captured by cameras and have encouraged people to bring back what they took so as not to face criminal charges.

The question has been raised, “What would you have done in that situation?” I had actually travelled the same route earlier in the day. So with a little different timing, I could have encountered the incident myself. While we tend to focus on the actions of those who took the money, it seems the problem actually occurred due to the negligence of someone who was supposed to be guarding that treasure. I would assume that someone failed in his responsibility to properly secure the door before the vehicle drove off.

Are we faithfully guarding what has been committed to us? What Paul told Timothy can be applied to us as well: “Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” (I Timothy 6:20). “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us” (II Timothy 1:13-14).

What is Paul referring to? What has been committed to us to guard? As you read the full passages, you discover that the apostle is referring to sound doctrine and the truths of the gospel. We have a responsibility to safeguard the teachings of God’s Word. We are to keep it safe and pure. Among other things, that means exposing and protecting it from teachings and teachers that corrupt its message. And it’s not just ministers who serve as those security guards. All of us as believers in Christ have a duty to stay true to the Bible, to recognize false doctrine, and to pass along the pure gospel to others. We don’t just keep this treasure hidden away for safekeeping. We guard its purity, but we share it with those around us. We just need to make sure what we’re sharing is the unadulterated Word of God and not some watered-down or erroneous version that is more palatable to much of our modern, politically correct world.

I’m afraid there are many in the church today who are traveling down the road unaware of the extent to which they’re letting biblical truth fly out the door. They’ve compromised a little here and a little there in order to accommodate modern thought or in order to avoid being labeled something negative by our society. By doing so, they have lessened their view of the Bible to the point that it has lost much of its authority in their lives. They see it as just a manmade guide whose commandments they can treat more as suggestions which they are free to ignore or to reinterpret to fit their own ideas. On the other hand, I believe there are others who are intentionally leaving the door unsecured.

We’ve been entrusted with God’s Holy Word. Let’s seek to stay true to it and pass it along untarnished to future generations.

The Rev. Tony W. Elder is pastor of Wesley Community Fellowship Church. He can be reached at 770-483-3405 or by email at revtelder@aol.com.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

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