Why don’t Christians talk about the Bible anymore?

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I’ve noticed a trend on social media (especially Facebook) for the current topic of Christian conversation to be about biblical ‘perspectives’ on current issues. You don’t need to spend much time on social media without coming across a myriad of opinions on gay marriage, asylum seekers, the current state of politics in Australia or poverty.

Without a doubt, Christians should have an opinion on these things. Even a cursory read of the Bible will uncover values such as charity, kindness, goodwill, justice, forgiveness and right-living.

I just can’t help think that current western Christian thought has been hijacked by distractions. By current issues. By things that will divide, annoy and frustrate. By things that, to me, don’t define faith or lead towards drawing closer to Christ. I compare what seems to be the western Christian agenda with what is happening through the north of Africa and through the Middle East. I wonder if the Copts are having discussions about gay marriage? What about a secret home-church in China? Are they debating the ‘Churches’ response to climate change, or are they just hungry to get even a bible in their hands? What about the Nigerian Christian, going to church, wondering if his daughters are going to be captured by Boko Harum. Does he argue on Facebook on his opinions of the Big Bang, or does he literally pray for his life every day?

What I’m saying is why don’t western Christians talk about the Bible anymore? Why don’t we see conversations on Facebook or Twitter about a life-changing verse you’ve just read, or a passage that’s recently challenged your faith? At last count, I had a whopping 283 Facebook friends (and probably less after people read this!). Of those, do you know how many write about the Bible? One. Only one (and it’s not me!).

I could read a million posts on some ‘Christian’ perspective on a controversial hot topic and not understand the nature of the Lord one iota. I could read the post by that one and learn more in three minutes of reading than in pages of current dross.

What do you think? Why would Christians rather argue some controversial topic, rather than spend their time in actually reading the Bible? I’m talking to myself here, too.

How would you explain to a persecuted Christian in the Middle East that you’d rather spend your time arguing for marriage equality, rather than reading your Bible?

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17 comments

  1. godinterestuk

    Part of the problem is that most Christian groups reside on secular networks, therefore can you really express your true opinions or thoughts without being at risk of have your account suspended!!! Would be glad for you to share this on Godinterest. God Bless

  2. Peter S

    It would be interesting to see a comparison with how often other faiths are written about. Seems as though I come across quotes from other faiths all the time, but not from Christianity. There’s nothing wrong with citing quotes from other faiths, but it does seem as though people are embarrassed to write about Christianity.

      • Peter S

        When asked who his favorite philosopher was, George Bush got all kinds of grief for saying that it was Jesus. Did people assume he was closed minded or maybe even a bit dim witted ? It was such an odd reaction by the media at the time.

  3. madblog

    In answer to your question, there are times when we must, are called to, contend for the faith. And it will necessarily be in the context of the issue facing OUR church. For instance, Christians in the U.S. debate about gay marriage because it is the challenge from the unbelieving world at this time. Should we stay silent when confronted by an actual assault on God’s Truth? How can we help anyone if we stand up for nothing? God’s truth is real and at times we must speak for it.

    • Pete Vidins Blog

      I agree that we do need an opinion, we should always listen with compassion and seek to understand. I agree that we should seek to show the Lord’s love, truth & spirit. What seems to be the case however are knee jerk reactions to outside influences rather than a deepening of ones own faith.

  4. madblog

    The trick is to pick your battles…don’t get sidetracked by the latest trendy issue, but when real doctrine or God’s character is being misrepresented, we are called to speak truth.

  5. Nelia Gunn

    Peter, excellent, thought provoking article, well done. In my personal experience in Australia, it is acceptable to profess one’s belief in anything…as long as it is not professing one’s belief in Christ the Saviour. I have come to the conclusion that perhaps life here is far too easy and the general population feel that they don’t need Christianity.

  6. silvermintsour

    At one point Christians had to fight for their ability to read the bible themselves, instead of just hearing about it through the hive mind an ordained minister who graduated from the only orthodox university. I think they have forgotten that, I think they trade their “bible study time” to be distracted by the media (abortions, gay marriage, tv shows, ect) (as much as any one else), and let the church or even just other christian opinions tell them how to think on these “important matters” -after all they themselves are “busy”. They’re knowledge is limited to only these highlights ( in their adult hood they’ve forgotten sunday school) and they feel like they have to spread gods word to be a good christian, and they can only spread what they know: the same recycled content as everyone else. They don’t know more than a few quotes from the bible.

  7. patmccloskey

    Excellent commentary here Peter. It seems that if you state anything about being a Christian on social media, you tend to be labeled right wing and out of touch with the current state of affairs. I, like you , know the source of my salvation and am not afraid to tell the uplifting story. Thanks for following my blog, I will return in kind.

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