protect it .. or live by it?

I finally got around to watching The Book of Eli the other day. It’s another apocalyptic film, a film that depicts the regression of humanity when the bubble of technology bursts.

Without spoling the film too much, Eli (played by Denzel Washington) is carrying the worlds last copy of the Bible which another character, Carnegie (Gary Oldman) is fairly desperate to get his hands on by any means. Some of the scenes are fairly brutal as he attempts to find ‘the book’.

There comes a time in the film when Eli seems to give the book away, and his new found friend, Solara (Mila Kunis) expresses her surprise , saying that she did not think anything would be able to make him give up the book. I think Eli’s response could be a challenge to the church of today:

‘In all these years I’ve been carrying it and reading it every day, I got so caught up in keeping it safe  that I forgot to live by what I learned from it’

Do we, as church, get so embroiled in protecting scripture that we forget to live by its teachings. Have some people become more passionate for protecting the word than they have for the message? I would suggest that some parts of the church have fallen into this and in doing so have lost the central message of the book they protect.

Without wanting to be repetitive …. that would be ‘love’.

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