inspired by the producers

At an annual local Christian music festival a few years back, we saw Jars of Clay perform acoustically. It was a great concert. At one point, they were about to do a song to which Dan Haseltine gave this introduction. He started off by stating how they were asked to record a song for an upcoming Narnia movie, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. He explained that the problem was that they hadn’t actually seen the movie when they began writing the song. The producers of the movie gave them some insight as to how to proceed. So, he continued, I’d like to say that this song was inspired by the movie, but it was really inspired by the producers of the movie.

That line got them a few chuckles, but I was thinking about that anecdote when their song Waiting for the World to Fall came on my ipod the other day. Here they were writing a song about a movie they had never seen. They only had others tell them about the movie. I wonder how many people live their Christian lives in the same way. The Word of God is the primary way that God communicates to us the essentials of the faith. Yet how many of us only listen to what others say about the Word of God, but never have read what it says for ourselves? Many folks that consider themselves Christians will go to church and hear sermons, but will never take the time to read their Bibles. If someone does read their Bible, it’s not for direction, but for confirmation. They’ve already made up their minds as to what is right and what is wrong, they are just looking for a verse to sustain their beliefs.

Don’t have a faith that is based on what other people have said about the Bible. Have your faith based on the Bible itself.

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

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3 Responses to inspired by the producers

  1. Kristen says:

    Good point, Orange…I see this in your life and I completely agree…I like this definition of faith – Believing the Word of God and acting on it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result. With your concerns for the way some Christians ignore personal study, I think their definition might be – Believing what others say and acting on it, no matter what the Word says, because reading the Bible for myself is too hard.BTW, how\’re you doing?

  2. Darrin says:

    Hey Kristen, I was just at your blog. I\’m doing pretty good, except that purpose driven theology has me miffed right now. Have you had any experience with it?

  3. Kristen says:

    Not too much…but I know the average church member prefers to be spoon fed. Dave and I are working with a unsaved couple – marriage counseling – and we\’ve had them reading Mark. I am amazed at how much they are gleaning…the Holy Spirit is definitely working on them. If only we could get believers to open the good Book…

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