Skip to comments.Keep Your Green Thumb Off My Bible! [The Poverty and Justice Bible]
Posted on 03/07/2008 8:01:39 AM PST by ZGuy
Remember the old cliché, Just when you think youve heard it all ...? Well, you havent until youve heard this. I honestly thought the corporations that print todays bibles had finally exhausted all of the possible special editions. I mean, what else is there after the Left Handed, Near Sighted, Dyslexic with In-grown Toenail on the Right Big Toe, Giant Print, Red Letter Study Bible? How about the Poverty and Justice Bible? The former is a joke; the latter is the real deal. But, frankly, Im not sure which one is more ridiculous.
The Bible Society of the United Kingdom has announced its newest addition to avalanche of specialty Bibles weve seen in recent years. Were told in their advertising that finally, after all these centuries and after all the previous special editions of the Bible, Gods real priorities are revealed. Forget about all those other Bibles and special editionsthis one is ground breaking.
A headline on their Web site declares: The Poverty and Justice Bible megaphones his voice as never before. (HmmI never thought about God needing a megaphone, but evidently He does, and this Bible is it.) The hyperbole flows from the pen of the promoters: The Poverty and Justice Bible. You know God cares for the poor. Now you can know how much.
It is absolutely clear that God does care about the poor and so should we. Unfortunately, as you look deeper into the Poverty and Justice Bible (hereafter PJB), it is clear that the voice being megaphoned is less the voice of God than the theological and political left.
Even a cursory look at the list of people endorsing this new Bible reveals the agenda behind this it. The Emergentsa group many people categorize as part of the evangelical leftare represented by the likes of Rob Bell and the political left is represented by none other than Jim Wallis. Even Bono is cited as an inspiration and supporter. More than the endorsers, its the content that is most troubling.
The Poverty and Justice Bible emphasizes the over 2,000 verses that spell out Gods attitude to poverty and justice. A noble motive. However, as the old saying states, The Devil is in the details. The Web site for this new Bible proudly presents some of the study materials contained in this special edition. Each poverty passage has its own study guide complete with a Discover, Dream and Do portion. The editors tell us that these practical study guides will help us understand poverty and injustice from Gods viewpoint. As you read them, you quickly discover that these study guides are more from the viewpoint of Al Gore (cf. An Inconvenient Truth) than that of God. And illustrations? Absolutely!
Consider this disturbing example of what awaits you in the pages of the PJB. As you study Proverbs 14:9 you are challenged in the Do section of the study guide to, Identify your ignorance and do something about it. Use the media to stretch your mind and make you wise. Seek out wise writers, respected reporters intelligent entertainersand learn from them. What? Use the media to stretch your mind and make you wise?
The Bible constantly warns us about the wisdom of the world (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:20ff.). And this new Bible tells you to get your wisdom from a secular media. Oh, and dont forget the intelligent entertainers. It gets worse. When you study Romans 13:8-10, the Discover section of the study guide declares, Paul was a great traveler. It is estimated that he traveled more than 10,000 miles during his ministry. I wonder, if he were alive today, would he be zooming around Turkey on the Asia Minor equivalent of EasyJet? Would he be insulating his tent and reducing his carbon footprint? Im not making this up. Do you remember the last time you closed your Bible and meditated on how much insulation Paul should have put in his tent?
In the next paragraph of this particular study guide were told that if we really love people as Paul did we would make sure that we dont harm the environment. Page after page of application condemns chain saws, deforestation, clear cutting and all things not green.
Had enough? How about this Dream section of the guide for Matt. 5:13-16: Youre at a job interview for becoming a human. Youre asked how you intend to make a difference to this world. What do you say? (A job interview for becoming a human? Who wrote this stuff, Jay Leno?)
Wait, theres more. When you turn in your new PJB to Amos 5:21-24 you will be challenged to a deeper walk with Christ when you read this Do portion of the study guide: Cultivate a relationship with your garden (or window box). Show it you care. Can somebody tell me how I show my window box I care?
To the committed Christian there is nothing more precious than the Bible because we understand it to be Gods word. When someone prostitutes this precious book for blatant political and ideological purposes everyone loses. Love the Bible, proclaim the Bible, study the Bible, memorize the Biblebut check your theological and political agendas at the door.
btw, that ain't from the "Green Thumb Social Liberal Gospel" edition, either, it's the New King James Version.
"You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth..."
- Deuteronomy 8:18
Mohammed rewrote the Bible and we aren’t supposed to notice.
But those Mormons are a suspicious lot, just look at how the media grilled Mitt Romney.
I guess you're just supposed to read the allready Highlighted passages.
Obviously this is garbage. However, there are a couple of very good new study Bibles out there worth consideration. The “Literary Study Bible” is not really a “study” Bible as most people are familiar with the term, rather, it’s a “reading Bible”. Single column format and no distracting notes at the bottom or in the margin. Rather, before each distinct passage there are introductory paragraphs setting the context and characters for the following text. It’s done in the accurate but easy to read ESV translation and is a real gem. The other study Bible, “The Apologetics Study Bible” is a more traditional Study Bible but has a wealth of articles and notes by the best Christian apologetic writers in the world. The layout, style and font are very well done and make for an enjoyable reading Bible. It uses the Holman Christian translation which is quite similar to the NIV.
It was US pastor and writer Rick Warren who laid the foundations for The Poverty and Justice Bible.
He'd discovered that there were 2,000 verses on poverty - and couldn't believe he'd never noticed before.
Identify your ignorance and do something about it. Use the media to stretch your mind and make you wise. Seek out wise writers, respected reporters intelligent entertainersand learn from them.
Here is an old proverb from my early life that helped me combat poverty. It may not be sutable for some timid souls though.
“OFF your a$$ and on your feet! Out of the shade and into the heat!”
In other words, “Get a JOB!”
Pro 6:6 ¶ Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Pro 6:7 Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Pro 6:8 Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.
Pro 6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Pro 6:10 [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
Pro 6:11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Thanks for posting this.
What bothers me most about the “commentators” of this
bible is their focus on the self rather than on Christ.
And there are many people, including Christians that believe that living the social gospel is what Christians are supposed to do, and Father/SOn/Holy Spirit and living a life of faith (Romans 12:2 for example) is secondary.
They probably didn’t mention that Christ did not come to take care of the poor or feed the hungry etc. He came to
pay our debt. I see the preachers of the social gospel (and the prosperity gospel) as being wolves-in-wool.
They are maybe not aware of it but they are diminishing Christ and glorifing humans, and I predict that eventually they will throw the hard parts of the scriptures under the bus and only keep the parts they are “comfortable” with.
Also, I suspect this bible’s commentary has appeasement written between the lines.
I wonder if the verse about how God hates divorce is highlighted? /s
What happens if you give the wrong answer? Do you get aborted?
I find the "Jabez" industry just as unpleasant, but at least that movement is not based on a nakedly political agenda.