If you stop long enough and ask enough questions--AND MOST IMPORTANT---LISTEN, it is really unbelievable the stories you hear!
This week, as I was asking a friend how they fared the storm, I heard a long drawn out---full of lots of holes story. Long story short--they hit someone over the head WITH A BIBLE! NOT figuratively--literally! After being angered by what sounded like an accident, they turned around and picked up the nearest object and hit the guy on the head. Turned out the nearest object was The Bible.
I have heard about Bible Thumpers all my life, but this is the first time I have heard about a Bible Basher. (Someone who bashes another with their Bible) It strikes me that this may not be the use intended.
As I mulled over this story this morning, it occurred to me that we use The Bible quite often--not as it was intended. Oh, we don't go around hitting people over the head with it--literally--but we quite often throw it in their faces--figuratively. I am GUILTY! In fact after being told this story, I reminded the teller of the need to forgive. I am NOT saying they did not need to forgive, but I am saying quoting scripture and admonishment is NOT the way to get the message across.
One of the things that gives Believers a bad name is our seeming hypocrisy. We are quick to judge, quick to quote scripture, and short on an attitude of love and understanding. We are slow to admit our struggles and short comings. The beauty of God is His patient love with us and unlimited grace. Are we exhibiting the same or are we bashing and thumping with a spirit of judgement?
Food for thought! Side note--I am currently reading this year's Bible in a year on my cell phone---I will NOT be bashing anyone over the head with it!
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
For in the same way you judge others,
you will be judged,
and with the measure you use,
it will be measured to you.