…to “Steak-and-Veggies” (without the formality of eating with the CEO)
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. ~Hebrews 5:12-14
What I’m not saying: I am not calling all Christians babies, living on milk and unskilled in righteousness. I am not knocking those who feed on milk or those who provide the basic teachings. I am not saying the Christian basics are not truth.
I led a small group with girls from my dorm in college and for one semester, we looked at commonly quoted passages. Through that study we discovered that some of the most well known and commonly used verses in the Bible are often used in a very different context than was intended or shallow when compared to the truth of the whole passage. All too often, we are never weaned off of the milk that brings us to the truth and onto the meat. Just like nuggets and fries, the basics are food and provide sustenance. But we must move to better tasting, better for us, more rewarding food.
The problem is that our culture loves nuggets of things, as opposed to the whole picture. We quote just a line or two from a movie, every company has a small catch phrase, and even some of the greatest songs have lyrics which can be repeated in short little phrases. Single Bible verses are helpful for meditation and building blocks, but to truly understand Christianity, you have to go beyond and study it all.
The Bible our guide book for life and our opportunity to know the Creator. Though the presidential candidates may try, describing a person in one word just doesn’t quite do it. While the word or small phases may be true, you miss the depth of who the person really is. To grow in our faith and truly know God, we must push past the little sayings and reach for the fullness of the who He is. I hope to do just that as I share thoughts about my faith and the Bible. I have only one semester of seminary, so I don’t come with fancy words and high thoughts. I pray that this will be the fullness of the truth, without the formality.
So what?! Next time you hear or think of a Bible verse, go look it up (use an online search if you don’t know the reference) and see if your thoughts on that verse change based on the context.