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There’s No F In Weigh

I quite whole-hardily agree with the title of my post.  You can’t argue with the logic that it states… at least not in a sane manner.  But say it aloud and you  may get a completely different vibe from the statement.

For example:  let’s suppose  a young woman who has just had a baby decides to step onto the scales for the first time following her pregnancy.  You may hear her speak my title in an exasperated manner and wonder why she is so excited about that machinery’s function.  You might suppose her to be a tad insane for lecturing the scale about correct spelling in such an adamant way.

Ok.  So this is a little tongue-in-cheek, but it brings me to the point of my post.  There are many things that seem different when read versus when they are said aloud.  A person who carries themself with great authority could say the most assanine thing and people will buy it hook, line, and sinker where if someone with less clout had said it OR if they had merely read it, they would have dismissed it summarily.

I am worried that we are becoming a people that know what the bible says only through what other people have said about it instead of knowing what is in it through the act of reading it.

I am convinced that across any country that holds regular Sunday services with a sermon and a bible study that there would be many people who, if they brought their bible and were holding the teacher/preacher accountable to it, would whisper under their breaths,

There’s NO F in Weigh!

The sad thing is that curriculum has replaced the bible in many churches.  The reasons for using the curriculum are varied but the one that is most worrisome in my mind is this: the people teaching do not have a firm grip on the material that they are delivering and have to use the curriculum as a crutch. (NOTE: please do not interpret this as a hard-line stance against using curriculum as a help in ministry).

I think the bible has something to say about what happens when the blind lead the blind.  You may want to read Matthew 15 because it also has something to say about people who teach the precepts of man as if it were doctrine.  Hmmm… I could go into a longer post about Topical Teaching here, but I better not.  Go read it for yourself.

Here is my question to you: What are we supposed to do when things appear to be branching away from what the bible teaches?

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  1. May 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Great approach.
    I had to change my theology over the past several years as a result of “reading aloud.”

    I refer to these places in scripture that don’t jive with teaching that branches away as “skip over verses.”

    In response to your question, “what are we supposed to do?” As per suggested above, I decide to change. Even if it’s uncomfortable.

    • May 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      Uncomfortable.. it seems it can be uncomfortable on both sides of the issue… and change is scary sometimes… and hard.

      But we were called to do hard things, weren’t we.

      Thanks for your insights!

  2. May 29, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    You’ve stated just ONE of the things i feel most strongly on the rare occasions i have ventured into a church – you GO, Preach! 🙂

    How can you claim to be a Christian and not want to read and devour the Bible? To get the feeling behind it – the content in context? the Spirit of it imbued within your body?

    How can you leave something so VITAL to you to someone else reading on your behalf?

    What did your last slave die of? 😉

    Once mommy stopped reading stories for you was that the end of your connection to books? or just The Book?

    And if you DO attend Bible class with eleven other novices and one ‘expert’ who has been ‘trained’ by other experts and you read a passage in your copy that to you means one thing but you are told it means something else entirely – what do you do? Question? Assert? Challenge? Accept without understanding? Or see it may have more than just one meaning?

    We should all love to read His Word. and understand it speaks to all differently but with a single uniting message. Love your God. KNOW Him.

    Sorry – you hit a ‘nerve’ there 🙂

    The q? Well, i’d suggest we seek the Truth and ask questions and state our opinions and the reasons for them – and listen to the answers we get back.

    Also understand that we are not the final arbiters of His Truth – but there just might be times when the version we ‘hold’ is closer to what He wants for us than the one someone else holds.

    If we see a divergence between our truth and someone else’s – seek to find a way to bring us all together (catchy name that, Huh?)but if you feel strongly in Spirit that you are being led astray and no resolution can be found it might be best to walk a different path to the one doing the leading – at least for a time.

    <B

    • May 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

      Yes….. Living people should get hungry. If a person says they are alive in Christ but is never hungry to be fed, a large question should be asked. Now I know that feeding can come in many different forms… we start life by being fed by our mothers, but we grow and learn to do some of that on our own.

      I like the fact that you brought up the 11 people and 1 expert class setting. I don’t know that we have a lot of ‘experts’ floating around but even still, that is why we should be having dialogs not just listening.

      Great response <B!

  3. May 29, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    i slow.. i had too google the weigh statement…..i guess i never considered saying that in church, so i couldn’t make the connection…although i had a dream last night one of my leaders was using the f bomb and saw no harm in it.

    see ya…gotta go read my bible.

    • May 29, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      Aw Mr. Kenny.. it wasn’t about the strict wording.. it was about what it sounded like when spoke aloud. 😉

      Glad to see you are reading your bible.. maybe you can give me the reader’s digest version 🙂

      ANNNDDD.. when are you going to update your blog? Its looking pretty stale.

  4. May 29, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Very true. Which leads me to another question, can we read the bible just like any other book? Are we just reading and hoping God speaks to us or should we be doing a better job training people how to read it? There are lots of things the bible is very clear on but there are lots of things that no matter how much I wrestle with them, one verse points me in one direction and one verse points me in another. It easy to say read it yourself and we should, but the reality is it isn’t “in context” for us. Which leads me back to how important it is to also be getting commentary from scholars and pastors on the text. I don’t know various ways the same statement could have been translated. I don’t know the cultural context or signifigance of many things unless someone who studied them explains them to me. So we need to better equip people to read it or they will look to other men for explanations and I can’t quite wrap my head around whether that is a good thing or bad thing.

    You should check out the Trip Lee song real vision on the subject. http://reachrecords.com/videos/2938

    • May 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

      Chris,

      All great points. We do need to do more than simply read the bible at surface level. Paul told Timothy to study to show himself approved… David asked God to teach him the ‘meanings’ behind His statutes. So there is work involved… but that work starts with reading it. We also have the Holy Spirit to guide us to truth.. but therein lies another issue, many Christians have no idea how the Holy Spirit works in their lives.

      We should never dismiss those persons who have been gifted in the area of teaching or knowledge but we can’t forgo our involvement in the growing process.

      Thanks for your comments.

  5. tam
    June 1, 2009 at 4:35 am

    one of the things i love that our teaching pastors do is always encourage us to seek His word and double check, and then check again, anything they share with us on any given weekend. as schooled and smart and wise and trained they are – they are still fallible human beings who might have a wrong interpretation of scripture. so…it always goes back to seeking Him and His word for ourselves. study. meditate and pray.

    that is my simple approach.

    enough? i dont know. but its what i got.

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