Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Which______are you?"

I don't know why I bother with the "which _____ are you" quizzes on Facebook. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. In the past I've learned: what southern accent I have, which Andy Griffith Show character I am, which state I "belong in", which Star Wars character I am, which Disciple I am, which comic book character I am, what super hero I am, and even had a prediction of where I am from based on what I call a sweetened carbonated beverage (among many other things I can't remember at the moment). These quizzes are very edifying to say the least.

Over the past few days I have seen a new one: "Which Bible verse describes you." For those who really know me, you know that I'm generally not a "Bible verse" kind of a guy. I'm more of a pericope kind of guy a at minimum. I think context is king. I don't look down on folks who have their life verse taped to their work computer monitor, or on their dashboard. I think some aspects of faith and how we interact with God and how He speaks to us can be very personal and different for folks. So please, don't get me wrong. However, ask me what my "life verse" is and I'll probably tell you Isaiah 53. Well, recently I had seen where one friend had taken the "What Bible Verse Describes you" quiz and got Philippians 4:13...then, I saw where another got Romans 8:28. I was feeling lucky so I took it and got...wait for it...yup Jeremiah 29:11 -- the trifecta of mis-quoted, mis-applied Bible verses! But hey, at least I got an Old Testament verse! No offense to anyone who has had those verses speak to them, has given a High School graduate something with Jeremiah 29:11 on it or has used Philippians 4:13 to run a 5K -- do what works for you (but that's not what those texts mean!) ;-)

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