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