Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Use of a Lamppost
Too many Christians use the Bible like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, rather than for illumination. - Margaux Ayn Schaffer
What a sad statement! Unfortunately, it's true. There are many Christians who come up with their own set of rules, then pick and choose Bible verses to support their stand. Often this results in twisting the Word of God or taking it out of context. This is wrong, and furthermore, it is typical behavior of the Pharisees. That's what they were all about. Rules and regulations.
I'm not saying that Christians don't have rules. We do, and they're very evident in God's Word. What I'm saying is that our beliefs and standards need to be based on the Word of God and not what "the latest, greatest preacher" is preaching. We need to use God's Word as it was intended. . .for illumination, not to support our rules and guidelines.
As Christians, we need to stand up for what is right, but let's make sure that what we say is right is based on God's standard and not our own.