We can argue about Christian media consumption in some other blog post. In this one, I’m just gonna say it;
I love the television show “The Walking Dead”.
My Google calendar had the season premiere marked for last Sunday. I even had a timer set on my phone to keep me from missing it. In that episode of “The Walking Dead”, the group of survivors are on their way to a safe haven that they’d heard about from anWhen they finally finish their journey, they arrive to find the promised community has been destroyed by other survivors and left for the undead to inhabit.
While the group mourns the loss of their salvation, the camera pans to a wall with the phrase “wolves not far” written on it. The message goes unacknowledged by the survivors, which seriously irritated me. Someone unfortunate enough to be at this place when the “wolves” arrived tried to leave a warning, and nobody said; “maybe we should get out of here quickly.”
Having read the comics, I knew the “wolves” were trouble. This group should left the area, but didn’t. In this episode they are shown finding respite in another community, one “not far” from the rubble of the first.
The scene stuck with me all week.
There’s a reason why I get worked up about women getting their scripture from Pinterest. It’s because I’ve noticed a dangerous tendency among Christians to ignore their Bibles despite the countless warnings against this apathy.
I’m not trying to shame anybody, I’m guilty too. I get lazy and convince myself that neglecting the Bible isn’t “that bad”. In fact we make fun of Christians when they confess to one another that they don’t study scripture enough. That’s how flippant we are.
Similar to “The Walking Dead”, there are wolves who seek to destroy us in real life. Unlike the survivors in the show, we don’t use guns to protect ourselves from them. We use the word of God, which is hard to do if you aren’t even reading it.
In Matthew 10:16, Jesus offers this warning to the newly-called Apostles:
16 “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
The Bible defines wisdom differently than the world does. This aught to be an encouragement to those of us who struggle with academics, and humbling to any of us proud of our intellect. God calls an understanding of Him “insight”, and there’s no better place to gain that insight than from the “living and active” word of God.
We face deception all the time. Jesus names wisdom as the protection against it, and that’s a quality we can grow in by studying the Bible. When we fail to, we leave ourselves exposed to wolves needlessly.
In light of 1 Timothy 2, women in my church don’t aspire to the shepherding office of elder. Yet we women still have a responsibility to protect ourselves from false teachings and heresies. We help protect others too:
We teach our children.
We disciple our sisters.
We give our husbands counsel and encouragement.
We serve as deacons and directors.
We travel as missionaries to unreached nations.
We speak the Gospel to our neighbors, friends and coworkers.
To be female is not a valid excuse to neglect our studies and growth. We still have a responsibility. We still have wolves not far from us.
If you’ve not spent time in the word out of indifference, then get off my stupid blog and go read the Bible. Then do it again tomorrow. And the next day. To stay on track, adopt a reading plan, like the one my pastor recommends.
If you struggle to understand the Bible, then pray for understanding. Ask other Christians to help you. But don’t give up just because it’s hard. The word of God is your protection, it’s worth struggling through.
Last of all, immediately after warning to the Apostles about wolves, Jesus encourages them to be aware, not afraid.