selling it cheap

Posted: December 7th, 2011 | Filed under: life | 5 Comments »

My bones grate against each other when a Bible story or phrase is turned into a cheap anthem. Many of these stories have blood, tears, and sweat on them. Using them as gaudy religious fringe dulls the senses. It aids to burning them out. It gives them a new, cheaper, Jesus-less meaning. That’s how Biblical truths get turned into lifeless cliches.

Then, when someone shares the intended meaning, they’re called heretics for going against tradition. What tradition? They don’t know, they’re wearing hand-me-down faith.

(thoughts from a people watcher)

This is a terrific responsibility. Is anyone competent to take it on? No— but at least we don’t take God’s Word, water it down, and then take it to the streets to sell it cheap. We stand in Christ’s presence when we speak; God looks us in the face. -2 Corinthians 2:16-17


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5 Comments on “selling it cheap”

  1. 1 Robyn said at 4:19 pm on December 7th, 2011:

    Thank you, Serena for not watering it down.

    your gift of writing is rich, not cheap…
    My recent post When you do Change…

  2. 2 julie said at 5:49 pm on December 7th, 2011:

    love it! loved the last one too… oh heck… i love them all…

  3. 3 dawn said at 10:39 am on December 8th, 2011:

    love this! I recently had a conversation with a couple men who were stating that they didn't have peace or joy like other christians they knew. I shared with them the unadulterated Word as to why they were experiencing this problem; legalism. In their minds they listened to satan force feeding them the 'do's and do not's' from scripture. They fought back with all their pride, and, I finished the conversation, which was later mocked by two women from the group, but I dropped out of sight all together after that experience. This post reminded me of that experience. I wish I could articulate truth as well as you do, and help some people some times, instead of in-sighting resistance what seems like all the time.

  4. 4 Jen Wagenmaker said at 2:27 pm on December 8th, 2011:

    People are looking for the truth and they can handle it too. Nobody likes to be lied to.
    My recent post Discovering Him

  5. 5 Diane said at 5:32 pm on December 8th, 2011:

    I know this isn't precisely what you were talking about, but I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with a friend who isn't a believer. He shared with me how appalling he thought it was that the story of Noah and the ark was so often presented as a children's story. He talked about how horrific it must have been: screaming women, drowning animals, little toddlers being swept up in the water and their heads being bashed against rocks. And yeah, I had to agree with him… but I'm sure how to change what I'm doing. The whole story is terrifying and appalling and I admit I've just shared the easy bits when I've told kids that story (and others stories from the Bible, if I'm being honest with myself.) I'm really uncomfortable with that level of selective sharing… ugh.

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