Why? That was the only question on my mind. I cried with my friend. Grasped for any solace I might offer, but in those moments words seem inadequate.
Seeing differing perspectives is the point of optical illusions. There are a number of ways you can view the pictures. However, too many people tend to view all of life the way we view optical illusions. This is especially true when it comes to understanding the Bible.
Ever have that feeling? Blissfully rolling down the road confident in where you are going and that you are on the right path, only to be stopped in your tracks uncertain of what to do next, waiting on the next directive.
Researchers and sociologists have noted how too much information can cause information overload. Information overload has many negative side effects including confusion and frustration, but there is another one I am seeing on a personal interaction level. With the rise of accessibility to information, there appears to be an inverse correlation to confidence in authority.
Needless to say I had to address the issue. But I wasn't sure how. So I asked the expert (no not youtube), my brother in law. I wasn't sure if caulking was a good choice, or if clear was the right way to go, but I trusted his advice. Why? Simple - I trusted him.
To be honest, I always knew I was going to give my kids Bibles. My wife and I have been intentional about talking about how we will help our kids develop a habit of Bible reading. But I never thought about how important the day we give them their own "real" Bible was a stewardship we were entrusting to them as well.