(I couldn’t decide which was more pretentious: thinking that my words were apt for the suffering believers in Roseburg, Oregon this weekend; or pressing on with my next post without honoring them. I decided to risk my words.)
A question arose in our small group this week: “Why do you think people don’t read the Bible more?”
I think most people don’t see the Bible as good news.
We see it as a list of rules and expectations, a litany of warnings and harbingers, and endless reminders of our inadequacy and our need for God.
Honestly, those are part of the deal. There is a price tag when we launch out to follow Christ. “Don’t begin until you count the cost,” He warns in Luke 14:28 (NLT). He’s not a Savior to be tailored, streamlined, or optimized to meet our user preferences. We’re the ones who need to be tailored.
But look what we’re getting in return!
Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown. (Revelation 2:10b)
Today, as the nation mourns with Roseburg, God indeed offers good news.