Russell and Duenes

A Most Subversive Activity

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I taught Bible for 10 years at a Christian high school in the Bay Area. On rare occasions, a student would ask me some form of the following: “What is the best thing I can do to grow as a Christian?” Upon reflection, my answer was: “Read your Bible. Start at the beginning and read it all the way to the end, then do it again.” I think reading one’s Bible subverts the powerful influence of our “adulterous and sinful generation” in ways we do not always foresee.

Is this too simple? In one sense, yes. But we end up failing to read our Bibles because we consider it “too simple” or “not enough by itself,” or some such excuse. But the biblical writers never made such excuses. They talked about meditating on God’s law “day and night.” God’s word to Joshua is God’s word to us today: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous; then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8).

If we want to make our way prosperous in the midst of the sexual lunacy and confusion, the crass materialism, the radical individualism, the nihilism, the dreaming up of our own “reality”, the rank intolerance, the utter contempt for human life and flourishing, we do well to read our Bibles; to read it ourselves, to read it to our children, to get its narrative playing on the track in our hearts and minds.

Are their other spiritual activities to be done? Yes. But we can certainly start with our Bibles.



Written by Michael Duenes

June 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

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