It is (I hope) obvious that I’m a believer and, specifically, a Christian. So why don’t I seed my blog posts with Bible verses?
- Not everyone on earth is a believer, and I want to talk to everyone who will listen, not just to those who believe. I think I have a better chance of gaining—not to mention holding—the attention of non-believers if I don’t beat them about the head with my religious views.
- Even among believers, a thicket of Biblical quotes is sometimes an eye-glazer. Not the effect I’m going for.
- Although—or, perhaps, because—I’m the granddaughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher and a graduate of a Christian high school where Bible was a mandatory daily course, I can’t remember book/chapter/verse citations—or any citation—to save my soul. If it weren’t for Google, I couldn’t write this blog at all. I constantly have to look up sources.
- Personally, I’ve never responded particularly well to “Thou Shouldst’s”. People who want me to do something are much more likely to get what they want from me if they tell me—honestly and directly—why they want it and if their “why” makes sense to me. I assume I’m not unique. I assume other people would rather hear how a certain behavior or mindset might benefit them than hear that they’re going to hell if they don’t do or believe what I say or quote.
But since my favorite book of all time is Proverbs, I imagine I will sneak a verse in here and there along the way.
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Y’all okay with this approach?