Wednesday, January 25, 2012

To Blog Or Not ...

There are times I sit here ready to blog, but I find that I can’t think of something new to blog about. So should I blog anyway, rambling on and then trying to make some sense of it adding some humor along the way, just so I can say that I blogged? The problem is, neither my writing skills nor my cleverness is strong enough to carry such a feat off with enough success to encourage readers to come back for another read. And so, here I sit without a clear topic in mind wondering whether or not to blog.

Then I consider how many others are doing the same thing. Whether it is a blog or some other form of communication, so many we hear opinions, rants, and rages from those who ramble on without something clear to say. Some apparently just like to hear their own voices or enjoy seeing their words in print. However, who do we impress when we have no meaning to our words? We are like a poorly written [as most of them are] TV commercial drawing attention to a product that is worthless.

Then again, the longer I sit here the more I see there is a topic that is emerging in my mind and that is I ought not to waste my time on meaningless matters. However, there is Someone who wrote something meaningful to us many years ago; Someone who wanted us to know what life is all about. His wasn’t just a meaningless blog of opinions and loosely related facts, because He is the Creator Who knows what is really important. He didn’t just rant against the deeds and opinions of others, He told us what we can do to have life and that abundantly. Of course I’m talking about God and His Word, the Bible.

Of course there are some who will say, “Isn't this just another example of your meaningless ramblings? No one can take the Bible seriously today. It is just a lot of outdated ideas put together by men from another time. It may have been useful once but has long outlived its time.” However, is having a good relationship with one’s neighbors irrelevant? Is having a healthy marriage irrelevant? Is having love, joy and peace irrelevant? Is having a right relationship with one’s Creator irrelevant? It’s all in the pages of this one special book. The charge that the Bible was written by mere men fades when one reads its words with an open mind.

To those who read the Bible and seek to understand it, there are precious promises to be found. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The meaning is that God’s Word is alive and that anyone reading it cannot do so without being changed. Either he will allow its truths to transform his life or he will harden himself against it. Either way he will not be the same.

God’s Word is alive. Some may doubt this thinking there is no way to put it to a test, and reject its elevancy because they are unwilling to trust something that cannot be proven scientifically. Consequently, they put aside the way God is talking to us today, and in so doing they then conclude that God is silent, and that is because He probably doesn’t exist. In this way they are like the three year old who puts her hands over her ears when her mommy is telling her something she doesn’t want to hear. Her mommy is telling this for her own good, but she has a will of her own and doesn’t want to hear. Consequently, she will suffers the consequences of not listening possibly the results of failing to heed a specific warning.

There is a way to know the Truth of God’s Word and that is to read it. However it must be read with an open mind and not with one’s preconceived notions or the motive to prove it wrong. God’s Word makes the claim that it is alive. Can we expect that it will do as it says? Will you read it asking the living God to reveal Himself to you through its pages? [A good place to start is one of the four Gospels and the Book of Romans]. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

P.S. If you have read this blog and have been affected by it in some way, or just want to comment, you are invited to do so on the comment section below.

1 comment:

  1. This series of posts gives a glimpse into the minds of many young adults who no longer attend church.

    That being said, I don't believe approaching the Bible as a self-help book is effective. Many who say it's not useful say this because they approached it with their own goals in mind. These goals are usually noble and reasonable, but when they fail, the reader perceives that as a blemish on God's word, therefore gainsaying it altogether.

    But if we read it for direction to the Word, Christ, we'll heed, for example, His words about seeking and finding life. (Matthew 10:39) The more we seek Him, the greater our desire will be to serve Him and others. He, after all, is the only Absolute Truth and the Bible is true in that it points to Him.