Would you make the same mistake?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) made headlines this week for, among other things, quoting a Bible verse that’s not actually a Bible verse. Speaking in Washington to various presidents of Christian colleges, Pelosi said she quotes the verse often.

“I keep reading and reading the Bible—I know it’s there someplace. It’s supposed to be in Isaiah. I heard a bishop say, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us…'”

As you might expect, a lot of people were quick to pounce on Pelosi. For some people, it’s because of her party affiliation. For others, it’s because she doesn’t know the Bible. But here’s the thing. Do YOU know the Bible enough to quote it and quote it accurately without taking things out of context or worse – inventing verses?

I am not taking up for Pelosi, nor am I telling you to vote for any Rs, Is, or LMNOPs that challenge her seat. I simply want to urge our readers to study God’s word and find out what it actually says. Not that big a reader? Find an audio version. You have plenty to choose from, and many of them are free.

Whatever you do, study the Bible. Listen to God’s Word. Do this early, often, and throughout the day. The Bible actually talks about that in actual verses.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 KJV).

I understand that there is a lot to take in when it comes to the Bible. It’s also hard to retain information. If you are having a difficult time, ask God for wisdom and understanding. In doing so, you will grow closer to God.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5 KJV).

 

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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