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July 12, 2007

feeling a little silly

Andree Seu, an essayist for World magazine, was part of a gathering of "Christian writers engaging culture". In her May 12, 2007 essay called Betrayal she declares that she denied her Lord in that gathering, by classifying her writing as "just devotional", as if that wasn't much. Somehow it didn't seem important in that group of aspiring poets, novelists and non-fiction writers who spoke little of the Lord and spoke much more of themselves. Her answer to the question "Is there such thing as a Christian writer?" was as simple as "Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" but as she said
"I soon knew that my small comments were not going to fit in. I felt a little silly, like you would if you had prepared an simple algebraic equation for show-and-tell only to find out all the other kids were doing calculus."
Have you ever felt this way? When you want to tell someone that the answer is in God's Word, yet you fear that even other Christians will mock you, for being too pedantic? Perhaps they want an answer that shows you've been studying the latest psychological theories, or an answer that shares a lot of feeling, but not an answer that simply shows that you know your Bible. Some Bible answers are fairly short and sturdy, unbendable, black or white. Back to Seu:
"These days I am nudging the fulcrum further to the right of where I thought that unbelief begins, It resides in the flat-out rejection of the miracles and Resurrection in the liberal churches, but is also inchoate in parlor gatherings of orthodox believers where exuberant exclamation of "I love Jesus!" would feel embarrassing."

If we say we believe the Bible is God's inerrant Word, then may we live like it. May the counsel we give to others be ultimately based on the Word. May our own actions show that we believe that Christ is "the wisdom of God" and that Scripture equips us for "every good work".

2 Cor. 11:3
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness,
your minds will be
led astray from
the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

1 Cor 1:22-24
For indeed...Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified...
to Gentiles foolishness,
but to those who are the called...Christ...the wisdom of God.

2 Tim 3:16-17
"All Scripture is inspired by God and
profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

1 comment:

  1. wow...
    that's a really good article & really thought-provoking. i do know the feeling. and very fitting verses that you found - esp. the first. :)