Today I would like to share with you a recent post from my friend Joe Noonen. Joe attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University when I did. We played on the tennis team together and later Joe became a pastor and then worked at MVNU taking students on mission trips and later became the Chaplin at MVNU.
Joe is brilliant servant of Christ and writes great thought provoking posts on FaceBook. Like many of his writings I find them to be grow in my understanding of the heart of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your spirit through this short message.
“There are a lot of conversations about how our country needs God “again”. What time in our history ought we choose to bring back?
Those of us who are Christian and decry the moral decay brought by others need to take pause and consider this: what did we do for decades as the ones with most favored status in society? What will be different now if we bring back all that was?
We have seen the rally cry to hold the Bible high. Conversations with people who read their bibles as duty are intriguing as if scripture is to be read without a commitment to understand.
Arguments over scripture and its authority are intriguing. It is not rocket science to determine whether or not a child believes that their parents have any kind of authority: where there is authority there is loving obedience. Thus, the authority of the parent is located in the child's recognition of that authority and willingness to be shaped by it.
Is it not then plausible that the authority of scripture is located in those who do more than simply "read" the bible but instead seek to allow the bible to read them and their lives? NT Wright has interesting thoughts on this and I tend to agree that the authority of scripture lies within its capacity to shape the lives of those who submit to its authority.
As Jesus said to the Rule Keepers: you search the scriptures and yet in them you do not see me? Go read some more.”
"You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,  yet you refuse to come to me to have life." John 5:39-40 (NIV)