The Bible Takes Another Beating

A note to my readers:

This is my 100th post.  The 99 previous posts have produced well over 9,000 views and 157 subscribers.  Many of you have encouraged me and shared this blog with your friends.  I want you to know how much I appreciate your support.

Now down to business.

In Sunday’s Orlando Sentinel*, my favorite sportswriter, Mike Bianchi, decided to take on Chris Broussard and all the rest of us who believe homosexuality is a sin.  I actually don’t have a problem with Mike’s assertion that some Christians are holier-than-thou and way too judgmental.  Yes, as he says, we sometimes do pick and choose parts of the Bible we prefer to enforce, while neglecting others that might point at our own sins.  I can say a hearty “Amen!” to that, though I’m not at all sure, as Mike implies, that Chris Broussard is guilty of these things.

My problem with Mike’s column is that he quotes several Bible verses and misapplies almost all of them.  Here’s an example:

1 Timothy 2:11-12 says, “Women should learn quietly and submissively.  I do not let women teach men or have authority over them.”  Here’s Mike’s application of that verse, and I hope you’re sitting down:

I wonder if Broussard has any female bosses at ESPN or ever had any female professors while in college?  If so, he is walking in open rebellion to God.

Yes, he actually wrote that.

And yes, I did write to Mike and explain that the Apostle Paul was writing to a young preacher, advising him on how to handle a difficult church.  Paul was not writing about the secular workplace or the college classroom.

There are other examples from the column I could share, but I’m not interested in piling on, only in making a point.  Every day the Bible takes a beating.  Verses get twisted, misquoted, misapplied, and taken out of context right and left by people who shoot from the hip, who can’t be bothered with actual study or research.  And often these people have large platforms.  The Orlando Sentinel, for example, is owned by the Tribune Company and has won three Pulitzer Prizes.  I wondered how many people might read Mike Bianchi’s column and come away with a totally skewed view of the Bible’s message, so I did a little digging.  I learned that in March 2012, the Sentinel’s Sunday circulation was listed at 287,642.

I don’t know where Mike Bianchi stands with regard to faith.  After reading his column for years, I get the distinct feeling that he is a believer.  I assume this particular column is his attempt to separate hypocritical, holier-than-thou, wannabe Christians from those compassionate and understanding Christians who are the real deal.  Next I’d like to see Mike write a column that separates wannabe Bible scholars who twist and abuse the sacred text from those who have actually studied it and know what they’re talking about.

Let’s study our Bibles, people.  We’ve got our work cut out for us.

For further reflection read 2 Timothy 2:15 and Titus 2:8.

*Sunday, May 5, 2013


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5 Responses to The Bible Takes Another Beating

  1. Donna Verstegen says:

    Greetings, Mark.
    Congratulations on your 100th blog. May many more inspirations come your way.
    I, too, read Mike Bianchi’s column, and for the most part enjoy his observations. He usually tells it like it is and in a humorous manner. A Mark and Mike effort would be awesome. 🙂
    Blessings and continued success ~

    ~Clyde (of Bonnie and Clyde) !!!!!

    • Mark says:

      Clyde…er, I mean Donna,

      I love Mike Bianchi and almost always agree with him. I just think in this case he overstepped and wrote about some Scriptures he doesn’t fully understand. There’s so much more to interpreting the Bible than cherry picking verses that seem to support your argument.

  2. Klaus Roetsch says:

    I have to stop reading these …………. at night! You, Pastor Mark, are not afraid of any topic and always, always present food for thought. I need the day to digest these. Thank you and God bless you.

  3. Marg says:

    Congratulations on your 100th Blog! WOW I can’t believe it is that many all ready! You are inspiring in all of them and I for one am looking forward to the next 100!

    I do not read the Sentinel so I am not sure about the person you are all talking of but form the comments it sounds has if he just needs more information from you Mark before he gets himself in hot water with the rest of the people who do read his column’

  4. Dolores says:

    Hi Mark,

    Congratulations on your 1ooth Blog. I have opened my Bible several times
    while reading them. I not not familiar with Mike Bianchi. Thank you for
    keeping us on our toes…..I enjoy them very much.

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