Two: We practice whatever the Bible says.
To prove he really is convinced of this, author Scot McKnight relays James’ convicting message, “If you can’t keep a tight rein on your tongue, your religion is worthless. The religion God accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows… to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (1:26-27).”
As our pastor has also recently confirmed, there isn’t really anything difficult to understand in James’ words. McKnight sees it as plain as the directions on a stop sign. As the author suggests, think on what we’ve done with this simple verse of instruction.
1. We didn’t like the word “religious.” It’s now a bad word among believers. We gave the word to the Pharisees to get ourselves off the hook.
2. We don’t measure Christian maturity by control of the tongue. (at least not according to the conversations we engage in regularly)
3. Pure and faultless? Can’t we just measure the quality of our religion by church attendance, and some other easy to master stuff?
Mr. McKnight, heading us into a discussion about rethinking how we read our Bibles suggests, “Every one of us adopts the Bible and (at the same time) adapts the Bible to our culture. Everyone picks and chooses.” Thoughts?