+ “He’s a nice guy, but don’t believe everything he says.”
+ “I don’t believe anything that comes out of that news channel.”
+ “That news channel is the only one I trust; all the others have their own agenda.”
+ “I don’t trust any of the politicians these days; they’re all corrupt.”
These are all statements of epistemology – which is the philosophical/theological category that deals with knowing. A person can approach it in any number of angles, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: We don’t know the future.
James 4:14 makes this observation and then couples it with a second one: Life is fragile. He writes, “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The news stories this summer of the tragic deaths of children at amusement parks were a grim reminder of this.
It’s a definite fact but it’s not the main fact, thank God. James uses it to critique those who would make plans based on unsafe assumptions about the future. So James 4:13 challenges the entrepreneurial mindset that says, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” This is a spirit that might drive the economy forward, but there are several problems with it…
Andrew McHenry, Pastor
First Congregational Church
The blog of Andrew McHenry, Pastor of First Congregational Church of Emporia, Kansas.