Kwame. Trump. Holiness. CCM Piracy.

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7

For the first time in over 30 years I’m reading the King James Version. Who knew I’d go retro in this odd way? The archaic language is catching me off guard. This morning I read Psalm 19 and saw this interesting sequence of conversion followed by wisdom. The Revised Standard translates “conversion” as “revives.” How timely is this for a soul-searching age? Our faith can “revive” your soul and then make you wise.

This wisdom is then described as an alternative to the pursuit of wealth, another ancient tonic for a society weary in its consumption and needing an alternative. In a biblical “who wants to be a millionaire” the Psalmist says, “the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold¢â‚¬¦ in keeping them there is great reward.”

Ancient wisdom is oozing into culture. “Humility” is a virtue and it got Kwame bumped into second place by Donald Trump on “The Apprentice” It is wise to “Pursue Holiness” as Jerry Bridges classic book advises, but Christian kids are pirating CCM downloads as fast as the broader culture is “stealing” their favorite tunes.

Self-control is part of ancient wisdom and today the Seattle Times carried a wonderful piece on new ways experts recommend for overcoming the urge for instant gratification! The article opens with Saint Paul and quotes philosopher and Christian author Dallas Willard more than any other expert.

The ancient wise valued character over celebrity. Today has devolved into valuing the “known for being known,” as evidenced by no-talent William Hung,
“American Idol reject” who just sold 40,000 CD’s of his debut album.

Where am I going with this? The old answers are still the best answers and they are found in that dusty, unread, best-seller, the Bible. Let me challenge you to do this. For the next month and a half read a chapter of Proverbs each day. There are 31 chapters so you can read the chapter date-by-date. (I read chapter 20 today because it is the 20th.) See if you aren’t amazed how at least one verse a day(and probably more) are absolutely on target as a remedy for a personal or societal ill.

After all these years I find myself sounding like a bumper sticker. In my advancing years, my retro reading is returning me to the old sayting, “God said it. I believe it. That’s good enough for me.”

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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