Realization #4 – My approach to Scripture is “Me” driven.
Today, I realized several “me” problems with my approach to Scripture:
- It’s on my time. I rarely give it an important place in my life. It becomes important when I want to read it, but there are certainly times when given the opportunity I would rather do a host of other things. This is not to say my life should only consist of reading the Bible, but it should be given a higher place rather than when I need it or want it.
- I read what I want. This perhaps, is what I realized most this morning. Normally, my reading consists of Paul’s letters, the Gospels, or easy reading OT material. Oh, and I rarely read Mark. Mark is like the red-headed step-child of the Gospels to me. It doesn’t get much attention. Other books don’t get read much unless I really want to study hard. Undoubtedly, this leads to some serious holes in my understanding of Scripture.
- I read it how I want. Not all the time, but many times I’ll begin reading and I’ll have “I shaded glasses” on. I see through my own lens of what I’m going through at the moment. That’s partially a testimony to the Bible’s relevancy, but it’s also a testimony to my desire to just “get” something from Scripture. Rarely do I read it just to enjoy it. Rarely do I read the stories, letters, poems, and other genres of literature in the Bible and see them as anything more than a buffet line for me to pick out something good. Which leads me to my last point…
- I treat it like a buffet. At a buffet, there are so many choices if you see something you don’t like, you just move on. I definitely gravitate toward the passages I’ll most enjoy. I grab for the texts I can relate to the most. I pile on the ones that feed my theology.
More on this later as my wife is ready for me to watch a movie with her. No sense in blogging about Becoming Last and then telling her, “Hold on, I’ve got more important things to do!” I’ll finish these thoughts another time.