What if we treated our Bible as we do our cellphones

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A cellphone rang during the funeral message. It surprised the minister that at so solemn an occasion the man actually answered his phone and continued talking.

The minister was shocked when later, the man’s phone once again rang, and the man answered it.

There is such an affinity for our cellphones that we have lost all sense of decorum as to their use.

We think nothing of answering our cellphone in times and places we otherwise would never consider talking out loud.

Cellphones take priority over everything. Not too many years ago the average person used a telephone only occasionally in a day, and we survived.

Now we have a generation or two who have never lived without a phone in their pockets.

I promised myself that I would never become a person who said, “In my day I remember when …” So I will take my cellphone thoughts down another direction.

I can’t imagine anyone arguing that our society’s desire to use cellphones has overridden the need for respecting others or even for observing prudent safety concerns (i.e.: texting while driving).

Cellphones are in our faces a good portion of the day. What I wonder is, how would your life, or the life of Christ’s church, look if we had just as great an obsession for God’s Word as we do for our cellphones?

I received a cute email suggesting just that. It read…

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go ... hmm ... where is my Bible?

On Monday the church’s lost and found table contained a cellphone, two Bibles and an umbrella. No one will be missing the umbrella until rain is in the forecast. A caller already claimed the missing phone.

But, it has been sad watching how many weeks have passed in which the Bibles have been left unclaimed.

God has provided humankind a wonderful message of love through Jesus Christ spelled out to us in his word — the Bible.

Jesus reminds us that we are “blessed who hear the word of God and obey it.” He also states that his word is eternal and shall never pass away. It has precious, lasting value.

The word of God, the word of truth and grace is so essential to humankind that Paul cautions us to “hold firmly the word of life” Philippians 2:16.

That being said, can you remember a time in which you have franticly sought your misplaced Bible as you have your cellphone? How urgently was your search? Has God’s holy word received your proper attention?

The Rev. Steve Lyons is pastor of First Christian Church, 518 S. Main St., in Milton-Freewater. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at catherinehicks@wwub.com.

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