How come you don’t cite bible verses? I could easily believe you’re a farse
You’re absolutely right. I could easily believe I’m false too.
So here’s what we do. Don’t trust me, because I will let you down. Please don’t take anything I say at face value. Please don’t let me spoon-feed you. Please use heavy discernment in anything I’ve written, and that goes for every book and blog you read. Please disagree with me. Do not have a soft ear. Go seek in Scripture to make sure that everything I’m saying is lining up with God’s wisdom, like the Bereans did. Don’t trust any flashy, snarky, witty, articulate blogger with all the likes and reblogs (and especially not if they’re after your money).
Please go into deep reflection, meditation, and prayer by the guidance of God’s Spirit and His Word to arrive at your own conviction. Don’t be a jerk about those convictions. Double-check with wise mentors and your pastor and thousands of years of church history to see what they say. Check other interpretations and ask around. But don’t trust them completely either. Trust Him alone.
The thing is: Even if I referenced a billion Bible verses in everything I wrote, that doesn’t make me more truthful. Text-proofing has led to some horrible atrocities. Like Francis Chan said: "You can justify just about anything with this book …You’ll find some verse and twist it even though that’s not the natural reading of the Scriptures … We don’t really want to do what this book says. We want to use it to justify what we want.”
Let’s take this a step further. A ton of Christian blogs say things like, “Jesus is rooting for you and cheering for you and he loves you and his mind is made up about you.” And I agree with this sentiment. I’ve written those things too. But there isn’t one time where Jesus actually says those words out loud. He was never that mushy. Most Christian bloggers skip all the hard stuff that Jesus said. It’s not wise to fool ourselves into think Jesus was a smiley therapist saying “You’re so treasured” all the time. Yet at the same time, the entire story arc of the Bible is woven into an approximation of the heart of God — and in fact, we find that God is actually rooting for us.
So while it’s not safe to to keep harping on this one angle, I believe that weaving thematic elements from the whole Bible is more biblical than stringing together a bunch of random verses. All the great theologians like Calvin, Spurgeon, Lewis, and Keller did the same thing — and they’re just human too.
We’re called to think for ourselves, to think through to the very bottom of what we believe, to get alone with Scripture in the purest way possible. At the same time: bloggers like me and all of church history can be an aid to your journey. We’re each biased to our own prejudices, so we need other voices. And if mine is not working for you, then by all means, I encourage you to pick it apart or criticize or unfollow — and there’s a way to be gracious about that too.
I’m sure you’re just looking out for me. You want to make sure I’m not just coming up with this stuff on my own. So I appreciate that. I will check myself on this. I graciously accept your challenge. Let’s be challenged together.