They’re everywhere–Facebook theologians. They’re even making a slow transition to Twitter.
If your friends list is devoid of such characters, here is a rundown of some of their typical actions. Facebook theologians may share a variety of Christian-sounding quotes, maybe even memes. The really progressive ones will post opinions on current events, politics and presidential candidates based on a “biblical” stance.
That’s great for those who actually know the Bible. Unfortunately, this trend has extended far beyond people who are well-grounded in the Bible. The rule for all good arguments is to be able to back up an opinion. Now it seems like a lot of Christians spout a religious opinion without being able to back their argument with their religious text.
This is not limited to the social media sphere. A lack of biblical backing even takes place from the pulpit sometimes. Here is a good rule of thumb for Christians: If you go to a church and the pastor doesn’t reference the Bible at any point, run.
So what is the basis for this editorial? Well first of all, it’s in the Bible. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, it says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” If we are going to call ourselves Christians and publicly express opinions, instructions or corrections under the banner of what we believe to be Christian, we need scriptural foundation.
Last week, the Lariat ran an editorial saying that as Americans, it is our responsibility to read and become familiar with the Constitution. How much more so should we, as Christians, know the Bible?
Additionally, a foundation in the Bible can help prevent taking the Scriptures out of context and recognizing when they have been. People love to take verses out of Leviticus horribly out of context. Last we checked, it is OK for Christians to wear mixed fabrics, despite what Leviticus 19:19 says. Sidenote: Misquoting or misinterpreting religious texts does not exclusively happen with the Bible. Throughout history, people of all different faiths have misquoted other religions’ sacred books. Perhaps the rule here should be that before quoting any text for the sake of an argument, people should become familiar with the context and meaning of the passage.
Completely aside from arguments, opinions and fear of misinterpretation, Christians are called to live like Christ. How can we do that if we don’t even know how he lived When Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness, he responded with “It is written…” followed by quoting Deuteronomy and Psalms. (Matthew 4). This is one example he gave for followers: being rooted in Scripture. If we are going to call ourselves Christ-followers, it is time we start immersing ourselves in the Bible.
“…Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” – Luke 11:28. Does that verse fit the context of this editorial? Read the rest of the passage to find out.