How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge. Turn at my reproof; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make known my words to you. - Proverbs 1:22-23 NKJV
My favorite TV show is Jeopardy! My aim is to get home by 5:00 every afternoon so I can watch it and match wits with the contestants—though I’m no Ken Jennings (74 wins in a row and over $2.5 million) or Austin Rogers (New York City bartender who won $411K). There are a lot of people out there who have digested the minutia of many diverse subjects and have come out winners on this game show.
One observation I have made, though, is that a number of otherwise “worldly-wise folks” draw a blank when the category has to do with the Bible. One contestant, when responding to a clue about where Jesus was crucified—and was given G as the first letter—responded, “What is Gibraltar?” Another said, “Who is Peter?”, when given the clue of “He received the Ten Commandments.” I have noted, particularly, that the college crowd and young professionals have the scantiest knowledge of the Bible, all the while brimming with advanced degrees and professional accomplishments.
I’m not deriding them, but it reminds me of this from Dr. William Lyon Phelps: “I thoroughly believe in a university education. Yet I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college education is more valuable than a college education without a knowledge of the Bible.”
I second Dr. Phelps’ sentiments. While all of my seven children and their spouses have college degrees, it is vastly more important that they know and love the Bible. Christian, get all the education you can, but be sure to major in the Bible!
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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