I was reading another blog entry this morning and it got me to thinking about the pressures and the guilt I felt when the church would emphasize “spiritual disciplines”.
One of the “spiritual disciplines” is the unwritten rule that you must read your Bible everyday.
Well, I am going to add this to my “What’s that Smell?” category.
Please do not get me wrong. People need to read the Bible. I would never say that people not read the Bible, but I would like for people to step back and analyze why they read it in the first place? Do you read it out of guilt, or do you really want to read it to KNOW it? To know the Bible is to know Christ.
Reading the Bible in and of itself is not a bad thing, it should be encouraged, and I do think knowing the Bible is important. But there were many times I felt a healthy size serving of guilt being handed out in the form of “if you do not read your Bible everyday you are not serious about your relationship with Christ.”
I remember many times I heard things like … “If the first thing you do in the morning is get a cup of coffee before you read your Bible, then the coffee is your God!” Well these kind of statements are a bunch of BS.
This kind of pressure needs to stop. And by the way, call the guilt police, I have not picked up my Bible in over 2 weeks. I guess that makes me less spiritual, right?