Daily Dose, Oct. 23 — Church: Why Bother?


“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

Why bother reading the Bible? What’s the reason for thumbing through these onionskin pages handed down by the ancient Jewish people and the earliest Christians? The various writers all thought the world was flat and didn’t have a clue that the continents of North and South America even existed.

I read the gospels because I want to know exactly what Jesus said and to whom and where and why, if at all possible. How is he ever gonna actually save me from anything if I don’t listen to him? I read Psalms because they help me feel my way into God’s presence. They are full of assurance and insight and affirmation. They voice complaints and laments that I share. And they help me to look up in a culture of self-interests. I read the Christian letters because I need to know how to live like a Christian, and I read Hebrew history so I don’t repeat their mistakes. I read the prophets, hoping I will recognize a courageous word when it is spoken to my day and time. These are a few of the reasons I bother with the Bible and why I’m bothering you right now to treasure your own. — Dr. Don