Now that I’ve got your attention… :-). What does a song by a one-hit-wonder from the 80’s have to do with the Bible? This song is about apathy, knowing what is right but doing nothing.
Here are a few things the Bible has to say about spritual laziness and apathy. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins. – James 4:17 NIV. Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. – Proverbs 10:4 NIV.
And how does Jesus look upon apathy? I ask the reader to review what I call “The Apathy Chapter” in the Book of Matthew. That would be chapter 25 where Jesus tells three parables…
If you’ve been to just about any Chistian church for any regular period of time, or have taken your child to Sunday School, you are likely to have heard the song “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…” It is easy to figure out that this quote is not in the Bible due to its modern day rhyme. However, it has become the iconic children’s song when it comes to the love of Jesus.
The song Jesus Loves Me was not originally writen as a song. It was written as a poem, but not in a book of poetry. It actually comes from a 19th century novel written by Anna Bartlett Warner. This is much more than a kid’s Sunday School song, it is the Gospel in simplicity.
You might recall a very popular classic tune from the 60’s by The Byrds called Turn, Turn, Turn. These song lyrics were adapted from the Bible book of Ecclesiastes, and according to the song writer Pete Seeger, “in addition to the music I did write six words.” This is Bible.