Why I’m Rejecting Christian Inspiration

I'm Rejecting Christian InspirationChristian Inspiration, those pretty pinnable images give me the warm fuzzies. I am sure there are some doctrinally sound ones out there, but I’m rejecting them.  Here is why:

Often times, these verses are taken out of context or are loose interpretations what the Scriptures actually say.

If you pop over to Pinterest and search for some of these keywords, you’ll see what I mean. Isn’t this beautiful?

When I see that I have this deep sense inside me that “Wow, God says that about me!  I won’t fail in my endeavors.”

Or this peaceful image from a simple google search:

A breath of fresh air, am I right?  God wants me to be still, be at peace.

Christian Inspiration images often take the Word out of Context.

When you look at the context, do you find this encouraging ?  I do, but it goes so much deeper than the images above.  Reading God’s word in proper context reveals that Psalm 46:5  is not about you or I as individuals becoming immovable forces, it is about God. The feminine pronouns are not even referring to a female human being. This passage is not a inspirational phrase to stick on our walls and feel like “I’m God’s girl, I got this.”  This is about how God is our refuge, our peace while the nations rage.

Everyone’s favorite is Psalm 46:10 right?  Peace. Stillness. Our chaotic world NEEDS this right? Yet this verse is almost NEVER quoted in full.  This is not about us feeling safe, happy, peaceful, restoring our introverted souls in the  midst of modern life.  It is about God being glorified among the nations.  Psalm 46 is about God as our refuge, God’s power and God’s glory revealed to all people.

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Christian Inspiration images sometimes aren’t even quoting Scripture.

I once scrolled through a pin my friend liked:

How encouraging.  What a lovely image. Yes, I just need to have faith! If I have FAITH God can turn this mess into something amazing.

The assumption is all too often that it’s about me, God can turn my mess of finances into abundance, or my poor health to wellness. It is all too easy to see something like this and let it creep into our souls.  Sure we are on guard about pornography, cultural views on sexuality and relationships.  Are we on guard about these little phrases that sound like truth but are really the creeping in our our me-centered religiousness? Since the fall, our default is sin and without God’s word in our heart and the leading of the Holy Spirt, we will move away from the truth.

When you look at the meme it is easy to assume it’s what the Bible says.  Let’s take the next step and read the actual verse:

I will restore to you the years
    that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter,
    my great army, which I sent among you.

Joel 2:25

Well, the quote in the image still kind of fits with the actual verse. The temptation is to ignore the context, and focus on how the verse serves us.  Do we even recognize that this temptation exists? The context of Joel chapter two is that God brought judgement to his people for their sins.  He brought judgement and they found they needed him and turned from their sins and God restored them.

So, I’m going to reject this meme and replacing it with this:  All I need to do is obey the Lord.

Too Often Christian Inspiration Focuses on Me.

I recall being in a young adult Bible study in my friend’s home.  We went over a text and we were asked to reflect on it.  A friend started his response, “what this means to me is….” and everyone kinda nodded along.  My soul felt on fire because if I remember one thing from How to Read the Bible for all it’s Worth, it is this: “the Bible can never mean what it never meant.”  My friend was taking his experience and putting it into the Scriptures.

That may seem like semantics to you, but when we fail to understand what the authors meant in the original context, we are unable to understand it fully.  We open ourselves up to wrong interpretation, which can only lead to wrong life application.

When we need encouragement it needs to come from God’s word.  We must put our situation in the   context of God’s word. This is not about me.  It’s not about you.  This about what God is doing on this earth. He calls us to him repentance. He calls us to worship him.  He calls us to live for him so that others may see his Glory and worship him as well.

So, dear friends, know God’s word.  Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment, to convict you of sin, and to lead you into all truth.

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  1. well said stef ♡

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