The Bible as a Weapon…

Every time I drive by those flags (see previous post) at the church by my house my mind starts churning.  It got me thinking again.  And, after reading Jeremy’s post today at Till He Comes I wanted to post something that was bugging me.

Many Christians have come to think that the bible is like everything else in their life. 

They think it is something to master and something they can own.  The more Christians know about the bible, the more power they hope to gain.  The more verses they can quote, the closer to God they hope to be.

The bible is their prop and their flag.  They wave it around and make sure that it is seen by all. They highlight it and talk about it and make wild claims about its truth and fight over it and win with it and boast about how they believe every word of it.  It is their way and their truth and their life.

Behold, the sacred battle cry for many Christians: “The Word of the Lord is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

However, is this verse even about the bible?  Or could it be about Christ, whom they serve, and whose spirit they are called to carry in their heart.  It is only He who is their way and their truth and their life.

I feel many Christians use the bible as a weapon, when it should be a tool for their life finding Christ.  My prayer is for Christians to stop worshipping the bible and start worshipping what the bible was written for in the first place, from beginning to end … JESUS!

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them, because you know as well as I do, I could be wrong in my interpretation 🙂

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