I've been awfully nostalgic lately - maybe that's a sign of my age.
Television is so filled with garbage that I find myself drawn to watching old movies and TV shows. One thing I've noticed is that the Bible is quoted quite often in dialogue, as if it was expected that the verses would be familiar to the audience. On two different episodes I watched this week of the Perry Mason show from the early 60s, he or another character quoted this verse from Proverbs:
"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes" - Prov. 12:15
They didn't cite the verse or where the quote came from - it was just assumed all would know. I've seen this same thing on episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock show - it was just a natural way for people to talk back then before Sergeant Pepper.
The Bible talks about a time when there would be a famine for the hearing of the Word. This is certainly fulfilled in our time. Even churches are getting away from teaching the Bible and are becoming more like weekly pep talks.
I know this is not news to any of you that America has lost her biblical moorings and our society is post-Christian. In these dark days of apostasy it's more important than ever to abide in the Vine and to be in Christ. We can still feed ourselves on daily Manna as we read God's Word with the understanding given to us by the Holy Spirit. To those without the Spirit of God, the Bible is just wise words on paper - but to us the words breathe life to our souls.
Remember to pray for America and for the peace of Jerusalem.
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Cor 2:12-14
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." Dt. 6:4-7