“God means what he says. What he says goes.” Hebrews 4:12 (The Message Bible)
When challenged about how his words sometimes come out of his mouth less than eloquently, Vice President Joe Biden quipped, “But I say what I mean.” We all say things that come out wrong and wish they could be re-said. That’s why I like to communicate by writing and why I do so many rewrites before I publish anything.
The book of Hebrews reminds us to be careful about what we say and do in the name of religion–imposing our two-cents’ worth. Recently, I strolled through the religious department at Barnes and Noble, and if I want to learn anything about religion, there are enough titles on the subject to keep me reading forever.
Personally, I’m turned off by religious groups and individuals that spoon-feed their ideals and theology on everyone else. The “it’s our way…or the highway to hell for everyone else” theory is offensive to anyone who is building his or her relationship with God in a different way.
Dear Lord, when I find my “foot” in my mouth, please help me pull it out. Amen.