Last week, during Holy Week, a former US president published an expensive Bible to raise money. I don’t often address politics head-on, and this wasn’t what I planned to blog about during Eastertide, but Spirit won’t let me let this go. So, let’s ponder this together.

The Christian Bible has been a source of contention for as long as it’s been around. It took decades, if not centuries, for church leaders to determine what went into the Bible. Scholars have debated the accuracy of transcriptions, translations, and interpretations of scriptural passages ever since. Like the church that uses it as its foundational document and source, the Bible remains imperfect and imperfectly understood.

The Bible has also been used as a tool for both well-intentioned and unscrupulous leaders throughout Christian history. It’s been used prolifically over the course of American history as well—by those on all parts of the political spectrum. I have certainly quoted the Bible in this blog on dozens of occasions over the past decade. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be used—but we need to be discerning and wary of when it is abused.

As I think about what I’ve read online, what concerns me is worship. Too many Americans are worshipping our former president. One of our unvaccinated neighbors, after recovering from COVID-19 a few years ago (can you believe it’s been four years since the lockdown started?!), declared that she would go through it again for him. To me, this screams worship. She’s put him on a pedestal. No human is worthy of that.

The Bible is also not worthy of such worship. It is divinely inspired, but it is not divine. It was created using human vocabulary and formed by human hands. It was transcribed by humans (with repeated errors), translated by humans (usually with agendas), and used by humans (with agendas) to influence other humans.

The Bible is a valuable tool, and I interact with it constantly, personally and professionally. It is not to be worshipped. In the best of hands, this tool is transformative. Through its use, the body of Christ becomes more whole and complete, more loving and supportive of all who seek God. In the worst of hands, this tool is used to divide, tear down, and destroy.

How will you use it?

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