I’ve always been bad with words. Verbally, I’m usually no more elegant than a club tongued hobo. So, instead, I turn to the written word. With the aid of this wondrous form of communication, my poorly executed jokes are made slightly more funny (slighty), puns take on sudden meaning, and I am left with time to mercilessly edit and rewrite if something ceases to trip my trigger.
But before I discovered this love of spelling bees and typing classes, I was introduced to words infused with much more meaning than I could ever inject into a blog post.That’s right, folks. I’m taking about the Bible.
I was recently introduced to a great “booky” site by a friend named Jody 🙂 Once signed up for the site, you can like an innumerable amount of books you’ve read, mark books you find as “want to read”, and get introduced to loads of spot on recommendations. (If you’d like to join me on this great site, I’ve placed the URL at the bottom of this post.)
While searching through this gold mine of literature, I ran across my favorite read, my most treasured truth, of all time. But upon clicking upon its link, I found many disgruntling comments made by those who do not share my view.
One David Remington scathes: “A thrilling work of science fiction on an epic scale. With a cast of thousands, a storyline that continues through generations, and a seemingly never ending tapestry of plot twists this book is sure to delight any reader. One must admit that the idea of having your main protagonist be a cosmic Jewish zombie telepath seems a bit hokey at first, but somehow the authors pull it off with only a few insults to the reader’s intelligence.”
The sad thing? More people than one might expect feel the same way. David’s comment is like that shot that echoes ’round the world, but this is no Emerson stanza or cry of revolution…it is a bullet that kills much more than the physical body.
Recent Gallup poles have shown that only 59% of Americans still read their Bibles…but being no believer in statistics, and knowing that our friend David seems to have also read his Bible, that’s not saying much.
A better question would be to ask how many Americans–why not expand that to earthlings?–actually believe in the written Word of God. And we can expand that, as well. How many earthlings act on the Word of God?
Through the span of my still short life, I’ve communicated with aethiests, lovers of religion, and church going people alike. We all have one binding thing in common. Dedication. But dedication is a tricky, deceiving thing, and loyalties can often blind even the most upright. As Jesus said in Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.”
In the end, when we each face our deaths, what shall we say? I sincerely love the line the leper king had in Kingdom of Heaven, that “When you stand before God, you cannot say, ‘But I was told by others to do thus,’ or that virtue was not convenient at the time. This will not suffice.”
We all have choices. We can choose to follow the Creator. To obey His commandments down to the last jot and tittle, (including full immersion baptism as demonstrated throughout the entire NT), and to be blessed immeasurably for doing so. Or we can turn away, and forge our own paths, and find ourselves at the end of our days, filled with an all consuming dread of what lies ahead of us.
You might be thinking now that this post was very unrelated to this blog’s theme. But I don’t think it is 🙂 Why not be a Bible nerd? Why not learn the Lord’s words by heart, to let it be a light to our stumbling feet? If I knew more Bible verses than random movie quotes, I’d be a much wiser person.
One more verse, and I’ll step down from my soap box.
Joshua 24:15 “…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”