How to Follow Jesus

Why Reading the Bible Matters

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Written by John

A people who read their Bible know their God.

A people who live the script of the world are angry.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” -Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

So often the world demands my anger and it makes me tired. We’re constantly chasing down the next opportunity to be outraged. We live a scripted life that we so easily fall into. You can know more about your script by understanding your worldview, and your worldview is often shaped or informed by your politics, which defines the news station you watch.

The news is constantly painting a black and white, us vs. them world, within which we say “if they just understood the facts as we do, then everything would be easier and they’d realize they’re wrong.” This message appeals to your pride and to my pride and feeds your quest for anger and my quest for anger, and so it also pits you and it pits me against half the people in the world and drives a division between you and them (whoever they are).

Christians who engage with God from their Bibles come to see the world in a new light, one that isn’t seeking after anger and right vs. wrong in this world. Christians who engage with God from their Bibles stop working to live from a black and white perspective, and become those who rather are willing to live in a broken world’s reality, knowing that this life is about more than right and wrong, us and them. Christians who engage with God from their Bibles come to realize that life is about living as a people who are in the world and who seek to see God’s own character imaged through their own life who aren’t about engaging in the anger from the script but who live differently.

When we’re people who know God from the Bible we’re not so excitable with the goings on of this life, which are part of the flesh and blood that we do not wrestle against (Ephesians 6:12).

If you’re someone who has struggled to understand why “The Church” seems to be angry and lined up lock and file behind Fox News, I want you to know that much of the Church doesn’t represent Jesus’ Church. Now there is a crazy idea – but again, maybe that’s too black and white and maybe I just need to read more about a God who loves people because He simply does and not because they’re particularly a) getting it right or b) lovable and maybe I’m not getting it all right either.

Check out this song – and I’m curious to know your thoughts on reading the Bible and whether you believe that knowing God truly changes both how you see the world and how you live in it.

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