Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.Philippians 2:14-16 NIV
Most of us think of King as a cultural and political activist, but the vision he articulated wasn’t just a political one. It was deeply rooted in King’s understanding of the Bible.
The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he?
Feel like you ought to be reading the Bible more? That's a common feeling—so why not take some time at the start of this New Year to think about what keeps you from reading God's Word?
Perhaps the Bible does not have one but many responses to suffering. To pick out one theme is to hear the sopranos but miss the choir.