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God's word is more than software legalese

Bill Maher Jr., television host and political satirist, once observed: "To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click 'I agree.'"

Mr. Maher's observation may be more accurate than we care to admit. I encounter a number of believers who embrace the Bible yet have little idea of what it says.

Why don't we read our Bibles? Is it for the same reasons we ignore the software wording? I admit, I have glossed over a program's legalese a time or two. Maybe for the same reasons people ignore their Bibles.

Sometimes I think the agreements are just too long and involved. If they could shorten them into one paragraph, I would devote more interest.

Some of the agreements are too hard to understand, they seem written for professionals.

I don't see the importance. The agreement is for people who plan to misuse the software.

I do not want to take the time. I just want to download and get on with it.

Even if I did read it, it's not going to change anything about how I use the program.

Whatever our reasons, the real problem Mr. Maher brings up is our self-imposed naïveté stemming from an unwillingness to expend the time and energy to be informed of what we profess. Our refusal to read God's word deprives us of much needed information for our existence, and leaves us looking foolish to an already skeptical world.

Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.