I have a real bad habit of rolling my eyes when I don’t like something. My facial expressions sometimes betray what I am thinking. Unfortunately, when I hear someone like a celebrity or person of influence quote a Bible verse, I can feel my eyes start to roll. The gag reflex begins.
There are too many times when people invoke a Bible scripture to support their cause or somehow influence the religious crowd with what they are doing or saying. Some even pick up the Bible in front of a church for a photo op. That’s pretty sad. It really irks me when people do that. I can only imagine that God is rolling his eyes when people do this too. It is no wonder that God and the legitimate Christians get a bad rap.
I don’t have a problem with people using Bible references, especially when it is done right. You can’t just grab some random verse and put it out there. There is a lot of consideration that should be done in using the Bible. Don’t just grab something from the book without knowing what it’s really saying.
Context. Context. Context. First you need to have context about the Bible verse or passage. Ask yourself HOW was this verse used and why? You have to read the verses before and after that too.
Consider the historical and cultural background. You need to consider the time period when something was written as well as the culture during that time. Some things can’t literally be applied in the same way. While the Bible CAN relate to us today, you still have to consider the background.
Don’t be so quick to quote an Old Testament passage. You need to balance it with the New Testament. I’m not saying that the Old Testament is not important but that the New Testament changes a lot of the way they served God, especially when Jesus came into the World.
Standing in front of a church holding a Bible or quoting a verse doesn’t make someone an authority nor does it lend credibility to your cause. Some folks let their spiritual emotions override the need to STUDY the Bible. So, yes, my eyes go on a roll when someone Tweets a Bible verse or uses it in some fruitless debate about an issue.
It’s better to LIVE the Bible verse rather than quote it to someone. Christians are bad at spouting religious cliches – even some which aren’t even in the Bible. Sometimes DOING is a whole lot better than saying it. It is no wonder people don’t believe anymore because we are a sad representative of people who are supposed to be the “light of the world”.
Satan is good a quoting scriptures too.
Just a thought.
Let’s do some good today.