Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
“It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” - C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
Friday, February 1, 2008
Ben approached the podium with mixed feelings, but his confidence won out, and in the end, he felt very satisfied with his presentation. He spoke well, was able answer questions confidently, and really felt like he'd offered his peers new information that had kept their attention. Just as he moved to step down from the podium to return to his seat, his professor stopped him with one last question: "What color are the fire fighter's eyes?"
Well, Ben was stumped. No photo from the newspapers and no interview from the TV stations had gone in close enough to show the color of the hero's eyes. "I don't know" he replied.
"You mean to tell me that you interviewed the firefighter but never noticed the color of his eyes?"
Ben confessed that he hadn't gotten around to interviewing the firefighter; in fact, the idea hadn't occurred to him at all. He had spent all of his time getting to know all about what other people had to say about the situation, but never actually went to the source himself.
I think sometimes we get a little sidetracked like Ben when it comes to God's word. We go hear sermons, we read articles, we read commentaries, and engage in all sorts of Bible-teaching stuff; sometimes before we ever to to God's word. Psalm 1 tells us about the man who delights in God's word, and the man who doesn't. It promises that the person who meditates on God's law day and night (don't forget that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law) is like a fruitful tree planted next to streams of water, whose leaves do not wither. It certainly doesn't say the person who delights in God's law AND the reference section of the Christian Bookstore is blessed in this way.
Don't get me wrong. I have concordances, dictionaries, commentaries, and favorite speakers and I like them all. But I certainly don't ever want to get to the point were these things/people replace the Bible. I think every now and then a spiritual check up is a good thing, and having an accountability partner certainly helps here.
Bottom line: how can we claim to know anything worth telling about our HERO, if we aren't meeting with him whenever we can? Otherwise, all we actually have to offer is "here's what so-and-so says about Jesus"