i read this today, and it made me want to throw something against the wall. what has become of us?
if you’re interested, go read it, and read what i’ll type up shortly. it’s a book review of Jesus Calling, a little devotional written by a woman who took time to sit and listen to God, expecting Him to speak. she recorded what He said — to her, mind you — and published it in hopes of encouraging people in the discipline of seeking, waiting upon, and listening to the LORD.
reading the comments didn’t really help my emotional upheaval. perhaps i wouldn’t have reacted such if i hadn’t been currently enjoying the little book. but even if i wasn’t, i still think i would’ve been turned away by the voice of the review. here are my thoughts:
- i don’t really care to associate myself with evangelicalism any longer. this thought has been brewing for a while — this may seem harsh or separative, but i think i’ve had quite enough of the black-and-white, “we must protect our faith” mentality that seems prevalent to it.
- i think the thought that we discern God’s will exclusively through the Bible is bogus. and it inhibits the body from being full and united — we are each a unique part of a whole, and that includes how we intimate, enjoy, and hear from our Creator.
- what is up with all the seriousness? can’t we just be okay with the fact that this woman heard from God, and was so delighted and changed by what she heard, that she desired to share it with others, for their benefit and encouragement? and if it doesn’t benefit or encourage, then stop reading it. i read a part in the book just the other day that was about finances or something, and thought, “she must’ve been struggling in that particular way, and that totally doesn’t apply to me.” where have common sense and reason fled to?
- the reviewer states that “Sarah is claiming some kind of new revelation from God” in that she is sharing words He spoke to her, and to an evangelical, this thought is, of course, abhorrent. is this really what she’s claiming? and is scripture — God’s very word — so vulnerable that we must call listening devotionals ‘dangerous’ because they might supplant it?
- what does scripture say about the ‘sufficiency of scripture’? is not the point of scripture to draw near to God and know Him? this may sound trite, but i think some evangelicals would be fine to shun and leave God for love of His word. it would still be idolatry to put even a most precious thing as scripture on a pedestal elevated above our very much Alive and Omni-present God, who speaks to us as He wishes. who are we to put Him in box?
- we have forgotten the simplicity of knowing and loving God, which is the heart of what Scripture begs us to do. we can do away with a great many rules and theological debates within these confines.