+ “The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.” I’ve seen the bumper sticker so many times and it always confuses me. I wish the sticker would define what “it” is. I mean, can you really have the bumper sticker if you actually read the Bible?
This whole notion seems to spring from our tendency to turn the Bible into a moral codex: first, determine for ourselves what the moral code is, and then we only need the Bible as proof in an argument that the particular determination is Biblically supported.
Works like this:
• “I don’t like profanity”
• The Bible says “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth”
• That means you shouldn’t cuss
• That settles it!
The issue arises in that now Ephesians 4:29 only means “don’t cuss.” It’s only used as proof you shouldn’t cuss. And it’s read in isolation from Paul’s ideas about Christ having cancelled the written code.
Very few things are settled for us that easily and I don’t think that Paul, or more importantly, God, wants them to be. The Bible should drive us to God in prayer. It’s a mighty thin line we walk.
Perhaps the bumper sticker would be more acceptable if it was on a car following a car that I saw the other day, whose bumper sticker said: “Jesus loves you. Everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.”