Defend the Bible… yeah right.
I have this faint memory of a classroom setting, in college, where a young and dumb preacher boy raised his hand and asked the seasoned Bible professor how to best ‘defend the Bible’ in an argument with someone who didn’t believe. The professor lowered his head. And as if he was trying to say something life altering without negatively altering the life of the student… he said, “Son, you defending the Bible is like a field mouse defending a Lion. You don’t defend the Bible young man, the Bible defends you.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose; it will defend itself.”
I’m sure my prof had Spurgeon in mind when he shared that phrase. And in that one phrase, my professor helped me realize something very important. If I have faith in the Scripture. And if I live my life based on the truth of God’s Word. Then it really doesn’t matter who thinks I’m dumb for doing it. There will come a day when the defense will not be about popular opinion or political correctness. On that day the defense will be before the great judge of all things. And as God looks on me and other Christ followers with love… it will be His Word and the way the Holy Spirit used it to lead me to Jesus that casts my final judgement.
And in that moment… the Bible will defend the Christ follower.
For you see, I’m guilty. There is really no reason for God to announce a judgement of innocence. It is only by Christ’s innocence that I am set free. And in those moments, the Bible defends me.
When people think I am ludicrous, and acting a fool by trusting in God. The Bible defends me. When people think I’m a radical who doesn’t know how things work in the real world… the Bible defends me.
When even church members think I care too much about reaching the lost or caring for the poor… the Bible defends.
So, I learned my lesson that day. (And I actually wasn’t the dumb young student who asked the question… but I could have been.)
Stop trying to defend God & the Bible… follow God and the Bible and let it defend you.