Do you love reading other books more than the Bible?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount information and books out there?

I do! It seems like every day people are recommending more books to read, blogs to suscribe to, and journals to peruse. Personally, I have nothing against a good book or blog subscription, but after reading Luther’s article on the importance of Scripture, I was challenged to ask myself these questions:

  1. Is my heart filled more with a greater desire to read books than it’s desire to read the Bible?
  2. Do I pursue reading and meditating on God’s Word with the same diligence as I pursue reading a good book or blog?
  3. Are the books I’m reading pushing me towards a greater love for Scripture?
  4. Is the amount of information I am taking in daily distracting me from meditation and enjoyment of God’s Word?

The neglect of Scripture, even by spiritual leaders, is one of the greatest evils in the world. Everything else, arts or literature, is pursued and practiced day and night, and there is no end of labor and effort; but Holy Scripture is neglected as though there were no need of it. Those who condescend to read it want to absorb everything at once. There has never been an art or a book on earth that everyone has so quickly mastered as the Holy Scriptures. But its words are not, as some think, mere literature Lesewort; they are words of life Lebewort, intended not for speculation and fancy but for life and action. By why complain? No one pays any attention to our lament. May Christ our Lord help us by His Spirit to love and honor His holy Word with all our hearts. Amen LW 14:46 — Martin Luther

via Martin Luthers Love for the Bible.

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One thought on “Do you love reading other books more than the Bible?

  1. Luke, I really relate to your sentiments and questions in this post. My mind jumps to a couple of things initially:

    1. For some, literature is a bridge to the truth. C.S. Lewis was confronted by his friends, who challenged him to consider why he loved the narrative of sacrificial death for redemption in every mythology he read but rejected it in Christianity. Or I think of all the people in America and England who have read the Harry Potter books and connected with that same narrative at a heart level while they would deny it in Christ. Sometimes literature has a way to get past our hardened defenses with truth that might just take root in otherwise infertile soil.

    2. On a different note, I think the same caution/questions could be called for in any good thing. How often do we take our love for nature, music, art, sex, etc. too far by turning to it rather than God. He gave us each of these things to teach us something about Him and to connect us to Him. Naturally, therefore, we pervert it with our sin nature and start worshiping the gift. As Tolkien pointed out, being sub-creators is a beautiful reflection of our wanting to be like our Father.

    So I think your questions are wise, but I wouldn’t want to react too strongly against a good book, movie, song, piece of art, powerful waterfall, passionate kiss, or beautiful sunset in case we start feeling guilty about enjoying something God gave us to point us toward Him.

    (I miss you all. Hope you’re doing well in the ‘ville)
    Michael

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