Ahem. I’m still talking to the folks who have been Christians for a while.
You’re up on your Bible, yes? I mean, you’ve read it through, at least once – even the boring* bits, right? You have some idea about what the usual metaphors mean, and you can look things up in a concordance, you know how to study, you’ve gone through some of the more popular books? YES? Because I really don’t want to hear that you’re a Biblical Christian who’s been in the family for a decade or more… and you don’t have that down. No excuses. Start *now* if you’re not up to speed.
It’s **embarrassing** when worldlings know more about our Holy Book than we do. Sure, the family quarrels about what some of the bits mean, and how literally to interpret things – but I’ll tell ya what. Most of the really Biblical Christians I know, from *whatever* brand name? They all agree that it’s important… and they tend to agree, more or less, about what it’s saying.
Learn your Bible.
Listen to some Bible studies. I’m personally fond of Dr. McGee for beginners – he’s been on the radio for decades (he’s been *dead* for decades, he’s still on the radio) for a reason. Good, solid, basic truth. I’ve got a few other favorites. Hey, my own preacher has multiple books of the Bible on the web (see tab at the top for “come to church with me” surf around, you’ll find ’em). It’s not like the study materials aren’t out there. Esword is a free download – KJV complete with the Greek if you want it. Resources? We got ’em. Excuses? None to be found. Stick the studies on while you do the dishes or sweep the floors. (That’s how I console myself when scrubbing the kitchen).
When someone unchurched comes and asks us (and it does happen) “What do you believe about X?” we have to have an answer for them. Citing chapter and verse is preferable! There’s so much garbage out there. I had a friend tell me that she’d heard that the NT didn’t say anything about homosexuality. -blink- Uh, no. So I spent an hour, gave her two pages of chapter and verse, with the Greek. Has she changed her mind? Nope. But she knows what the Bible says – and what it doesn’t. People respect this. People respect it when you know what you believe and why you believe it.
We can’t afford to be drifters, saying that we’re Christians and just being Christians because our parents were, just because that’s what nice people are, and what nice people do. Our religion is based on truth. Our “religion” is a relationship with a living God! That’s mindboggling. We need to boggle some minds, family. We need to know our stuff, and be ready to have an answer….
*technically none of the Bible should be boring. I’ve heard that the more you know, the more fascinating it becomes. That every chapter has Jesus in it. I’m down with that, and I’ve seen some of it play out in my habit of reading it constantly… Joab was David’s nephew, which is probably how he got away with all the hijinks. Thank you, bloodlines. But let’s just say there are places that are a bit slow to our flesh. At first. So what? It’s all Holy, all written by God, therefore it’s all important.