Gone into hiding?
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6: 6-7
Let’s live out our Christianity. Let’s read the bible and know what it says. Let’s not just think we know what it says. Let’s not wait for someone else to tell us what it says. Let’s read it enough and study its words enough that we know what it says.
What about the times we disagree about what it says? How about this? How about I live out what it says to me and you live out what it says to you. How about we talk about what we think it says to one another. More importantly, how about we listen to someone when they “hear” something differently instead of judging, condemning and belittling one another.
Here is what this verse (above) says to me. God’s word isn’t merely a history book. It is a book of commands. It is an instruction book that allows us to live as God wills. If we study His word enough, not just listen to a sermon on Sunday, His word will be in our hearts. When we carry His word in our hearts, it guides every decision we make and every path we take. This verse says to teach our children God’s word and to be diligent in how we teach them. In other words, we don’t tell them something one time and think they get it or embrace it. We live out His word by example. We give them space to find faith for themselves instead of making them fit a denominational mold. We know His word and we can explain what it means to our kids. When we sit at the dinner table – we talk about the bible. When we sit in traffic with our kids – we talk about the bible. When we are at home or we are outside our house, we remind our kids what God’s word says.
When we sleep and when we wake, God’s word is fresh in our minds because it is so much a part of our lives.
Here’s the problem as I see it: Very few of us live by these principles. We go to church every now and then. Maybe. We don’t get into deep bible discussions with our kids or anyone else because we aren’t confident about what God’s word says. Or we don’t want to argue about religion. Equally sad is some of us following the verse may be in overdrive. We are preparing our children so much for Heaven we seem to have forgotten that God expects those kids to function on earth. If we aren’t preparing our children for real life, we aren’t preparing our children to fulfill God’s call in THIS world.
Balance. Balance. Balance. If Christianity fails, it isn’t Christ’s fault. Don’t go into hiding by either disowning your faith because it’s confusing or detaching yourself from the faithless by being condemning. Be His word. It requires public activity that just might get your hands dirty.