One of my favorite people to read is Jay Nordlinger. I like his conversational style, not to mention his pointed but easy-going content. His tone is civil while he states his case. I like that.
This paragraph of his applies to more than the author’s subject it translates well into my area of effort:
In the last few weeks, we have had lessons in: Nothing is ever completely settled; you constantly have to make a case; you must take nothing for granted; you have to teach and reteach, even the most fundamental things. Let me tell you what I mean.
Mr. Nordlinger writes about politics, mainly, but he might well be speaking of spiritual truth. When he says that nothing is completely settled, he refers to people’s opinions, not to any supposed relativity of truth.
We must constantly and patiently plead the cause of the kingdom of God in the world. And in the church. Not just from one generation to the next, but to keep old noggins’ noddin’ to the right tune. (Is that a mixed metaphor?) Popular culture and worldly values erode certainty and confidence in God’s plan and lap away at the borders of faith.
That’s why even the advanced subjects need to be properly tied to the foundational pillars.
Lesson: never assume that even the old folk are solid. Like Peter does, we must often remind the faithful of the reason for their hope.
Therefore, I intend to remind you constantly of these things even though you know them and are well established in the truth that you now have. Indeed, as long as I am in this tabernacle, I consider it right to stir you up by way of a reminder, since I know that my tabernacle will soon be removed, because our Lord Jesus Christ revealed this to me. Indeed, I will also make every effort that, after my departure, you have a testimony of these things. (2 Peter 1:12-14 NET)
Even though people know it, they need — I need — the reminder. Take nothing for granted. Keep hitting the basics, while nudging forward for greater growth and maturity.