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Let’s Be Women Who Chase Down Truth

By: Bethany Baird

The conversation was heated. The room was tense. The looks on my girl friends faces were anything but peaceful.

After all of the years of friendship, we had finally hit the landmine.

Someone mentioned a specific doctrinal belief and the room exploded. Half the girls believed one opinion and half believed the other. Despite the dramatic pleas from each side to “see the light” we had to call it truce. 

No one was budging.

When I arrived home that evening, I shared my afternoon’s happenings with my parents. Instead of my parents just saying to me, their young 14-year-old daughter, “this is what you should believe,” they taught me to chase down the truth.

My dad sent me a few links, printed up some articles and challenged me to read them.

He said they each had some really great points and he challenged me to look into truth for myself. To read God’s Word for myself. To not be swept up in what my friends thought but to chase down the truth for myself.

I did study. I did pray. I did come to a conclusion and belief that I still hold to this day.

I chased down the truth and my beliefs were planted firmly in God’s Word. No opinion or loud voice would sway me at this point. I knew the truth and I wasn’t budging.

This little life experience has taught me so much about being a Christian woman in modern society.

In life, we have a lot of different voices trying to pull us in a lot of different directions. When it comes to our femininity, the perspectives on how to live it out are endless.

Here are a few loud voices you might recognize…

Abortion is a woman’s right. It’s her body, she can do what she wants.

Gender is a personal choice. You can be whichever gender you want to be.

Sex is fine whenever and with whomever. Just be safe.

Purity is so old-fashioned.

Modesty is a sign you are ashamed of your body.

The bottom line is this.

You are going to hear a lot of different opinions and you are going to be pulled in a lot of different directions. If you are not intentional about chasing down truth, you will get swept up in the flow of our culture (which typically isn’t pointing you towards God’s Word).  

If we, as Christian women, want to live our lives according to God’s design, we must be intentional to chase down the truth. We can’t expect truth to come knocking on our door. We have to intentionally go after it.

When I was in 8th grade my dad challenged me to seek out the truth and know it for myself.

Today, I’m challenging you to do the same thing.

As I was thinking through this blog post, Psalm 1 came to mind. This is a passage that my dad had me and my siblings memorize as kids (I guess thinking back to that story triggered more things my dad encouraged me to do).  

I think these verses go so perfectly with what I want you to take away from this blog post.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers (Psalm 1:1-3).

We have to be women who meditate on God’s word. Women who pull our truth, opinions, ideas, and morals from the Bible.

We must be women who are rooted firmly in God’s Word and are not easily swayed when challenged, pushed, or pulled in a different direction. We must know the truth and we must be firmly rooted in the truth.

My prayer is that each and every one of us will choose to chase down the truth.

I’ve come up with a few areas that we as women need to be intentional to chase down the truth. I’ve linked different blog posts that Kristen and I have written to help you chase down the truth in each of these areas.

Biblical Womanhood

Understanding God’s “Road Map” For Your Womanhood

It Takes a Brave Girl to Live Out Biblical Womanhood

Don’t Believe the Lies of Counterfeit Womanhood

Feminism

Why Feminism and Christianity Can’t Mix

8 Reasons We Aren’t Feminists

Feminism is Laughing at Our God

Sex

God’s Design for Sex is Way Better than Hollywood’s Cheap Imitation

7 Major Benefits of Saving Sex for Marriage – Part 1

7 Major Benefits of Saving Sex for Marriage – Part 2

Relationships

Taking True Love into Your Romantic Relationships

Red Flags To Look For In a Romantic Relationship

Answering Your Guy Questions: Dating, Bad Relationships, & Guy Friends | Vlog

Modesty

Project Modesty: How to Honor God With Your Wardrobe While Looking Totally Adorable in the Process 

How Modesty, Romance, and Femininity Relate to the Gospel

Project Modesty: Being More than a Cookie Cutter Girl

Abortion

The Horrifying Truth About Abortion and Why it Matters

The Birth Control Pill: What Every Christian Girl Needs to Know

An Open Letter to the Women of #ShoutYourAbortion

Let’s talk…

How can you be more intentional to chase down the truth?

Which of the topics do you need a better biblical understanding?

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  • Rachel M.

    Awesome post Bethany!! You always do such a great job of pointing out really great issues and solutions.
    I wanted to point out a typo in the beginning of your article where you used the incorrect “there.” “Instead of my parents just saying to me, there young 14-year-old daughter,…” It is supposed to be “their.” ; ) Great job though!!

  • Brianne

    Awesome post!! 🙂

  • Very good post. It reminded me of a verse that I was clinging to this weekend. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 – But test them all, hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. Thank you Bethany!
    There’s also another typo at the beginning where it says, “each side to “see the light” we had to call it truths.” I think you meant “truths” to be truce.

  • Excellent post!

  • Mary

    I feel so upset. I have a friend who wanted to accept Jesus. I tried to disciple her, but I was really bad at it. But anyhow…she decided that she wanted to redefine Christianity for herself, so she can be gay. I tried to explain that that was SO WRONG. She is a false convert and I feel so guilty….about it. How can Jesus love me?

    • Val

      I understand your disappointment but remember: it is not your job to convert anyone. You can help but that’s it, the one who ultimately changes hearts is God.
      It is very hard to see people we love make mistakes, I know that for experience, but we have to remember that the only thing we can do is be there when the people we love need us and leave the rest to God.

    • OrangeGirl

      Jesus loves you because he does. If the God of the bible is sincere, you have nothing to feel guilty for. It’s that simple.

      Though for your friend, I see nothing wrong with her being a lesbian. Other than a few verses of the bible, there is no reason to think being LGBTQ is wrong. Frankly, I think people should care more about the homeless than what two consenting adults do in the bedroom.

      • “Just a few verses”! So in otherwords, you think that what God’s word says doesn’t matter?! God very clearly says in Romans 1:26-28, Leviticus 18-22 and other verses that homosexuality is a sin!
        Yes, we need to be caring about people around us, but that doesn’t mean we start condoning sin!

        • Katie

          No, I don’t.

          The moment God said not to kill then massacred people because they didn’t agree with him, is the moment I stopped taking his word seriously.

    • I don’t think it’s our job to convert anyone – our job is to witness to the Gospel and let Jesus do the converting. Rosario Butterfield is a good example of this. Our job is to love unconditionally and nonjudgmentally, and get out of the way. Read I John 4, and the Sermon on the Mount – they kinda sum up our role, I think.

      Anyway, there are a lot of gay Christians. Are they real Christians? Who knows? That’s between them and God, and I think that’s just fine. If we try to make that judgment for Him, well … “Thinking ourselves wise, we become fools…” So maybe you didn’t fail at all. The ending of the story hasn’t been written yet.

    • Cassie Kellogg

      Let her live, let yourself life. Don’t worry about being self righteous.

    • Johanna

      Don’t feel upset! You did your job. You brought her to Jesus. It takes some people a while to see there sins. I have been a Christian for several years and God is still revealing sins that I need to work out. Anyways, she is going to have to come to terms with that in Gods Timing. That’s between her and God. You can’t change what she believes. We both know that that is a sin but it is also a sin that she is making God into something he is not.That is also another big sin. What you can do it to try to lovingly lead her in the right direction. Maybe you could suggest this website to her or ask if she wants to study the bible with you or you could bring her to church on a regular basis and pray that God will speak to her at church. Also you should be praying for her that she will see the truth. Prayer Is so powerful! I have seen things that I never thought were posible happen with prayer. I really hope this helps you! 🙂

      • Gracie

        That was really sweet of you, I couldn’t of said it better 🙂 Your so right about prayer.

  • Stephanie

    I’m thinking about being a k-9 handler (police officer), and I was wondering if women should be police officers, since men are the ones designed by God to lead and protect. I’m feeling very lost and confused as to what I should do. Thank you in advance for the advice. 🙂

    • Val

      I suggest you to reasearch about this topic, but here are my two cents:I don’t think there is something wrong about a woman being a police officer. Every one of us has the duty to contribute to this world at the best of our abilities, protect people is a good way to do so. In a lot of jobs a woman is called to protect the ones entrusted to her care: a teacher is called to care and protect her students, for example, and there is nothing wrong with that.
      Also, women working as police officers can be really helpful when dealing with certain crimes, like sexual assault and domestic violence. In those situations usually the victim is more comfortable dealing with another woman.

      • Stephanie

        Thank you for the insight! I never thought about it that way! 🙂

        • Gracie

          Pray about it. If God has given you a dream and passion for it, go for it. Seek His will for your life, it is the way to go. Don’t let people on either side of the coin determine God’s will. Only you can know the true calling He has put on your heart, but make sure its His voice and not your own feelings over-riding. God bless you Steph.

    • OrangeGirl

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Be what you want and try to make this world a better place.

      • Stephanie

        Thank you so much!! God bless you!

  • Chasing the truth is awesome – but how do you know when you catch it? At what point does the chase end? I’ve found truth that completely convicted me – and then received new information weeks or months or even years later that called that truth into question. Sometimes, I confirm my first conclusion – and sometimes I’ve had to completely change my view.

    So when you find that truth, how do you hold it?

    • OrangeGirl

      That is the question, and the problem with the seeking truth narrative. Information changes and so does one’s worldview.

    • It’s not a one time thing. Chasing truth takes a lifetime because your supposed to seek it all your life. And studying God’s Word is the best way do to that, because God’s Word is the standard for truth.
      And since God is infinite, there is always something new to learn.

      If you aren’t sure whether something you believe is true or not then ask God, and hold up that information to the truth of God’s Word. He will show you, if you really want to know.

      Ina

      • “It’s not a one time thing. Chasing truth takes a lifetime because your supposed to seek it all your life.”
        – Exactly!

        “And since God is infinite, there is always something new to learn.”
        – So true!

        “If you aren’t sure whether something you believe is true or not then ask
        God, and hold up that information to the truth of God’s Word. He will
        show you…”
        – And here’s where it breaks down, because if you *only* use God’s Word, you’re really only using your own personal, mortal opinion of what His Word means, along with perhaps some cultural assumptions and traditions (we know what Jesus said about that, right?) So then the question is, how do you test your interpretation against reality? And when your neighbor hears your interpretation and says, “That’s not right!” how do you know which opinion, if either, is really true?

  • Adjeley

    Normally, for me when I try to find the truth which I know in my heart, I end up trying to rationalize my faith and question God about his plans and why so? then I try to understand him then i go crazy searching for something I already know the answer to but am just waiting for other answer cause its so hard sometimes seeing people going this way and accepting these doctrines and you are like Hold up, but the bible says………..and they are all like know one really cares anymore.

  • So true, thank you!


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