Mahatma Gandhi spoke forcefully to Christians when he said, “You Christians have in your keeping a document with enough dynamite in it to blow the whole of civilization to bits, to turn society upside down, to bring peace to this war-torn world. But you read it as if it were just good literature, and nothing else.”
I was taught at college to read and “critique” the bible as a piece of literature. Using the tools of the trade to unpack its meaning for the original hearers and then to interpret that for people today. Yet as Gandhi rightly points out it has the potential to be much more than a fine piece of writing. Infused within those words is the Spirit of God. Through the journeying of people throughout the generations God’s inspirational heart beat can be found. It’s not that the individuals we read about are perfect, far from it. They are flawed like the rest of us. Time and time again God’s presence breaks through and transforms lives and communities. That is still the case today if only we allow the word of God to be heard in our lives.
Sad that our mobile phones are used more than the word of God! I liked the following reflection of swapping our mobile for our bible found on saltforsermons website.
- What if we carried it around in our pockets or purses?
- What if we flipped through it several times a day?
- What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
- What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
- What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
- What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
- What if we used it when we traveled?
- What if we used it in case of emergency?
Food for thought!
Image from Twelvebaskets.