I saw a quote the other day, see if this sounds about right.
“It is now common practice in most evangelical churches to offer the people, especially the young people, a maximum of entertainment and a minimum of serious instruction. It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God. One can only conclude that God’s professed children are bored with Him, for they must be wooed to meeting with a stick of striped candy in the form of religious movies, games and refreshments.”
This statement made the Facebook rounds a year or two ago and seems to be recirculating again. Have you seen this or shared it already on social media? Here’s the thing: it isn’t true.
The born-again believer certainly has nothing to fear. If the Bible said “Do not be afraid” even once then it would be a statement of ultimate truth that we can all believe in. The ESV contains the phrase 33 times, the NIV 70 times, the most occurrences I have found in any translation. (The KJV by contrast does not contain that exact phrase even once.) Is it true that we should not be afraid? Yes. Is sharing this image a way to encourage and inspire believers? Perhaps yes. My wife thinks I’m trolling if I see this on Facebook and comment to the poster it’s not accurate.
Question: should we continue sharing this image in order to encourage one another even though it makes a false statement about the scripture?
I believe telling lies about the truth is still lying. I don’t believe we can “rightly divide the Word of Truth” by making false statements about what it says. I’m not calling every person who has ever posed this a liar. Like so many other things people smile a little when they this image and click “share” without checking to see is the claim has any truth to or it not. I for one happen to think sharing a false statement about biblical truth is a greater offense than reposting urban legends about Coca-cola being used to clean toilets or the current president taking more vacation days than any other.
It’s Monday, and like it or not things must be done.
So here’s your weekly dose of Happy Monday: hope it helps.
This is Monday, and we all know what that’s like. I don’t know if a few funny pictures, comics, scriptures and quotes can help or not, but hey I’m just a blogger. This is about the best I can do.
And coffee. There’s a subtle hint there for coffee.
It’s Monday morning, the break is over, the fireworks are gone, and now life goes on. Happy Monday is here for you.
Is it rainy, wet or grey where you are this morning? I would rather go to work on a day like that than have to look out at beautiful blue skies all day long. At any rate, keep putting one foot in the front of the other and here’s to a Happy Monday.