That’s American for jumping around haphazardly all over the place. In Mexico they might call it Jumping Bean Bible Study. I’m sure every country has their own appropriate idiom.
My coffee-time text a few days ago was from the 24th chapter of Luke. After the resurrection, Jesus was walking with two disciples on the way to the village of Emmaus. They didn’t recognize Jesus and were surprised this person was so ignorant of all the activity concerning the crucifixion. As they babbled on in confusion over all that happened he didn’t reveal himself and tell them he was Jesus and that he was doing fine and they could now move forward with that knowledge. No. He recognized their foundational ignorance.
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25-27
We’ve lost our foundations and our world is falling apart as a result. There is no quick fix; no twitter or tweet to ease the dilemma. There is so much to share, but lacking a foundation so little that today’s populace can understand. We can’t force the foundations on anyone and there aren’t a whole lot of people willing to take the time to foundationally study God’s word. Even your children are distracted in a myriad of ways. If you try you so often get blank stares with minds dying to get to their cell phone to catch the latest tweet or text message; or yearning for their Sony or Xbox controller with its mind-boggling fast-paced action.
The temptation is to jump into the fray with little scriptural bandages to heal as many bumps, bruises, and cuts as we can. It might appear to fix a few things here and there but you have merely added to the problem of kaleidoscope Christianity.
What can you do? First of all, deal with the only true area within your control. You, must adhere to a strong Biblical foundation. You, must live according to that foundation. You, must stand firm against the onslaught of a culture more and more alienated from the True God. Perhaps one or more people will come into your life to whom you can help build that foundation in their lives. If not, don’t add to the problem. Don’t throw out bandages that will only make unbelievers think they are saved.
Jesus was the living Messiah walking with them to Emmaus. Nevertheless he took the time, and starting with Moses and the prophets, foundationally revealed to them who he was. We should do no less.
Another coffee discussion will follow this train of thought, and bring us to dealing with other aspects concerning our realm of control and the results we can expect when standing firm on God’s foundation.