One of the buzzwords of this cultural moment is something called deconstruction. Deconstruction is a complicated word that has a myriad of meanings when applied to different aspects of society. Rather than identify and comment on the different shades of deconstruction I would rather look at what makes it such a draw.
What’s the attraction to deconstruction?
It’s because demolition is easier than construction.
In other words, it’s easier to tear down than it is to build up.
Almost anyone can go in and start bludgeoning and gutting an environment. Construction requires training, skill, consistency, learning, and growing.
If you want to build a better life or a better world for that matter it’s best to not haphazardly deconstruct values without understanding what those values uphold. That’s why the Bible tells us to use caution before removing ancient landmarks. Sometimes we need to deconstruct traditions that were man made and have run their course. However, sometimes we don’t need to remove a boundary that God placed that is literally holding God’s plan together for our lives. Maybe the value you see as a boundary that seems to be holding you back is actually God’s goodness holding your blessing in.
Before you go full on Chip and Joanna with a sledgehammer to your belief system maybe take Paul’s advice to Timothy.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 NIV
Before you deconstruct and start removing ancient landmarks all willy nilly like ponder these 3 points on how to develop a strong faith structure that will ultimate guard God’s best for your life.
1. Study the Bible diligently.
2. Be skilled in basic Bible theology. Skilled, as in able to articulate scriptures that settle basic doctrine.
3. Seek God’s approval not culture’s approval.
Let point 3 be an honest evaluation. Who’s approval are you looking for? Sometimes the boundary we want to deconstruct is actually the blessing God has established to help us.