A quick add-on to yesterdays post…
As powerful as quotes can be in terms of enlightening and persuading others, have you ever noticed how few people seem to be able to quote (or paraphrase) scripture naturally into conversation? This is particularly important when talking with non-Christians who aren’t used to pulling numbered quotes out of their brains to apply in daily situations. For some reason, people think they need to introduce Biblical ideas differently than they would other ones.
Some seem to slow down their speech and breifly borrow Charlton Heston’s voice, “Well you know,the Apostle Paul wrote in First Thessalonians that Jesus will someday… COME FROM HEAVEN WITH A LOUD COMMAND!!”
Or how about those folks that like to quote the King James version verbatim? “Well Bill, that’s a good question. I like to think of 1 Thessalonians 4:8 when God said, ‘He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.”‘Uh huh. Okee-dokey.
The worst offenders are those that have actually gone to seminary (yes, me included) and have payed $40k to learn how to stop relating to all non-theologians. “Oh, you’re feeling like the world is turning for the worst, Mary? Well, allow me to reference the eschatalogical prophecies found in the Pauline epistles, specifically the fourth chapter of the epistle to the church at Thessalonia.” Oh, please do.
Moses made things pretty clear for the Israelites when he gave them God’s law. He told them that God’s words should “be upon your hearts” and he told the people to “talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut 6:6-9). In other words, they should really know them and talk about God’s word and see how they apply in their lives.
If we aspire to be Bible quoters, we first need to be Bible-appliers… applying God’s word in our own daily lives and sharing relatable perspectives that are derived from doing so.