Excellent post. Chipper little bible verses are great in their own way, but they’re a signpost to the bigger picture. Too often in our instant gratification, can’t-be-bothered culture, we forget that there is a paragraph around that sentence, a chapter around that paragraph, other chapters around the original chapter, a book around those chapters and a collection of books in one cover that sets the entire context – God’s beautiful word, contained in the bible.
I think it was Adrian Plass who wrote that the bible is God’s love letter to humankind. Context is vital if we are to understand the real message of the bible. Who wrote it? What was their culture like? When was it written? Was it written by more than one person? How did it get passed down through the millennia? And then of course we get to the ‘why’. Why was this written, in this way, at the time in which it was written? Which areas have remained the same through history and are equally valid to us today? Which areas were specific to the time in which they were written?
As a Follower of Christ, the importance of the Word is dear to my heart. If I am to know it with all my ability, I have to ask these questions – I have to have context.
I’m thinking of publishing a new Scripture translation. I’m going to call it The Meme Bible.
Meme – a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
Bible – a collection of texts sacred in Judaism and Christianity.
Spend any time on social media and you’ll see memes. Spend time on social media where Christians post their thoughts and you’ll see Bible memes, complete with chapter and verse, offered to inspire and encourage people through the word of God.
Yet I’ve never seen a meme for Job 2:9b. Instead, I see memes on the blessing of abiding in Christ, and on the love of God and loving one another. They always feature pleasant typeface and compelling imagery such as rainbows, running horses, storm-tossed seas, and more images that draw the eye to the text.
I have to…
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