I’m going to go out on a limb today and at least pretend to be bit a discerning about an interesting mix of human behavior and that which fascinates and appeals to us. In case you haven’t been around this not-so-trod-upon path lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with the themes of accountability and authenticity as of late. And if you have walked this path lately, you’re probably about ready to take a different route. I just don’t seem to be able to let these topics go without wringing the daylights out of them!
Here’s why: While I believe it scares the socks off our dainty feet to consider being accountable to others and authentic in our behavior and words, I also believe those are two of the things that most doggedly drive us to the people who possess them and live with them.
Case in point. I believe one of the reasons women will grab their gal pals and book it to churches all over the country this Saturday just to watch one of their favorite Bible study teachers on a big screen, is because we all are drawn to Beth Moore’s bold authenticity and stubborn accountability, even if we don’t necessarily care for her brand of teaching…or hairspray…or lipstick.
When we watch Beth Moore teach it’s like sitting ringside at a championship wrestling match. There in front of our eyes Beth dukes it out with the Scriptures, in all her daintiness and gumption, mixed together in an oddly appealing combo. Sure, she’s already hammered most of it out in her personal study time and quiet time with God, but for the matches she’s already won on her knees and in the pages of her Bible, she offers us a mesmerizing play-by-play, full of all the grit and drama we’ve come to expect from this feisty gal.
Beth questions the Scripture, looking for the meaning behind the words divinely chosen, the corroborating passages, the background of the human scribe, and the holy intent of the ultimate Author. She doesn’t assume the words are all history and philosophy and poetry and empty ideology. Instead, she rightly divides the Word of God as meat for the hungry soul. And when she comes upon a tough piece to chew, she breaks it down until it is digestible.
But the real wrestling match doesn’t take place in Beth’s exegesis of the Bible passage; it comes in the battling it out over how those holy words should make a dent in her little ol’ life.
How many times have I heard Beth Moore say, either on a video, in an arena or in the pages of her flowery prose, such things as
- What is this supposed to look like in my life?
- What am I supposed to do with this?
- This changed me!
- This got all over me!
- He called me on the carpet for this!
- This stepped all over my toes.
- Is He getting in your business like He’s getting in mine over this?