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Monday, December 18, 2006

Blogging and the Bible

Posted By on Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 2:43 PM

Gov. Mike Huckabee probably had only specific blogs in mind -- and not, say, his Huckabee2008 blog -- when he urged readers to turn away from blogs and turn more often to the Bible.

The thought has inspired Mark Elrod, a Harding U. faculty member, who blogs on a variety of topics on his Lame-O Weblog. An excerpt:

I may be reading between the lines, but I think the governor’s suggestion is that blogs are dangerous and divisive but the Bible isn’t.  I disagree.

I’m obviously pro-Bible reading, but it doesn’t take much reading of the Bible to find things that are potentially dangerous and divisive when it comes to making social policy.  Here are a few examples:

  • He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you. To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
  • You trample on the poor and force him to give you grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine. (Amos 5:11)
  • Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you. (James 5:1-6)

I’m sure that you have your own favorites, but these are a few of mine.

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