Thursday, July 5, 2007

favorite Bible verse

After she got out of prison where she said she read the Bible every day, Paris Hilton (omg - I can't believe I just typed that name, - or omg either) embarassed herself when she told Larry King she couldn't name her favorite Bible verse. As I laughed I was thinking, "I'm a minister and I don't know what I would answer to that question either." I don't read the Bible every day, or hardly any day, and I don't use the Bible as scripture, so it's not that important to my spirituality, but still, as a minister in the line of Ballou and Channing and Parker I ought to be able to at least name a favorite, even if just to get out of Larry King situations.

At first I thought I would choose the verse from Micah 6:8 (I knew it was Micah but had to look up the number) "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?" I like the way it says "do" justice - not just talk about it. And the idea of walking humbly with a companion God charms me.

But then I changed my mind and think I'll pick a verse that I actually used in my sermon this last Sunday. "I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). That's actually not a full verse though, it's only the second half (10b as they notate these things). John 10:10a is "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy..."

3 comments:

Lizard Eater said...

Matthew 25:35, without a doubt. I wish I could say I lived by it. Someday ...

Jamie Goodwin said...

John 1:4-5 (KJV)
4. In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Rev. Ricky said...

excellent choice. The instruction to see God in every person (and everything else) is spiritual truth and health. I don't live it out constantly either, but it does help to remind myself of it when I'm confronted with a difficult person or situation.