Look, we live in a world which has numerous aspects of growing darker. God is the dispenser of light. He offers light, draws us into light, and has a disposition to provide more light than we can handle.
So why is our world growing dimmer? Why such continuous struggle? Why is He not able to have more impact on the very people He created?
One of the reasons may be churches have robbed the communities of the freeing power of the Bible. For years the Catholics have been criticized by the denominations for taking the Bibles from the hands of their members and placing the priests as the (go-between) God-representative to all.
But we've missed our own tactical scheme to remove the Word from our own members. We allow them to hold their own Bibles and encourage them to read them. Yet, in many areas of the church life is snuffed from the Power Source because we have programmed our members to view the Word with biased slant while reading with jaundiced eyes.
We, of all people, love to have our ears tickled. I don't know about other brands of churches but II Tim. 4:1-4 is a favorite of the Churches of Christ. Furthermore this passage is quite accurate in its claim. Yet, we have applied it to others and not ourselves. We have mocked other churches for putting on their blinders to the read the Word of God; getting out of it what they want. Yet we put on our C of C glasses in just as many areas to bend the Bible to fit our preferences.
Getting back to the Bible is not only a respectable call, it is essential. Of all places, all churches would do well to heed this concern. Our world is in desperate need of help. We've hidden the Bible out in the open by burying it with our religious whims and peeves to the point no one can find God anymore. This is most tragic and we are to blame.
No longer can we roll our eyes and wonder why society has turned its back on God. It hasn't. It has gone deaf to a whining and irritating sound rising from churches which covers the reverent message of God with trinkets and bobbles of distracting tradition. We are to blame; not them.
May we make concerted effort to be faithful to the Bible more than faithful to the herd who interprets and misinterprets His writings.