“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”- 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 (NIV)
Donald Trump has come under fire for a speech he gave recently at Liberty University. In His speech he referred to the second letter to the church at Corinth, Second (2) Corinthians as “Two Corinthians”.
Now, most people recognize that the actual way to say it is “Second Corinthians”, which is why it is becoming such an issue. It is even a larger issue because Trump has recently shared that he has a great relationship with God, reads the Bible, and attends church when he can.
I’m not saying he doesn’t attend church or read the bible, but I am wondering whether or not he has a good mentor or teacher guiding him in his biblical study?
The reality is we can mock someone like Trump not knowing how to pronounce the title of a book or letter, but how many actually know what the second letter says? How many people would even be able to turn to 2 Corinthians without looking it up in the table of contents?
Many people have become so dependent on websites or apps that they forget what it’s like to actually study Scripture instead of putting a keyword in a search box.
Just because you know how to pronounce the title of a book of the Bible doesn’t mean you know what it says.
Many Christians should be concerned with how little they know about the Bible. They should be concerned with knowing what the letter contains, rather than how it is pronounced.
It is crazy how easy it is for people to read the latest news about a celebrity, the newest self-help book, or even book from a Christian author, but we fail to take five minutes to open our Bible.
We need to read the Scriptures. We need to know what words are shared in the letters to the churches and be able to share those words with others.
I understand it is humorous to hear Trump say “Two Corinthians”, but I also find it humorous when Christian’s say words like “Karma” and/or “God helps those who help themselves”. Neither of those are biblical messages, but many say them and in my opinion, they cause more damage than mispronunciation of a book.
May we strive to learn Scripture. May we strive to understand the message of the Gospel. May we put effort into knowing the books of the Bible and what they contain in order to enhance our ability to spread the message of hope in Christ.
Let us not get caught up in how the letters of the New Testament are pronounced, but how the words found in those books are lived out.
Can I get an Amen! (That could be pronounced Ay-men or Ah-men) whatever works.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: Have you ever felt bad about not knowing a verse or where a book is found in Scripture?