the Bible

In our journey with the 40 Acts community we come to a wonderful story of a man in a chariot reading Scripture and wondering about what they meant. In our circles (evangelicals) we have deliberately or subtly assumed custody of the Bible. It is our book, our text, our story. We let others see it but reserve the right to instruct them on its interpretation and meaning. We have grown various internal thought police forces that govern the reductionist final state of the Bible’s dogma and character. Does the Bible need such handling? What if we left it alone for anyone to read without the caveats of what they must conclude and commit to? Is that too dangerous? Too irresponsible? The Ethiopian official in the chariot was engaged all by himself. When someone climbed up beside him without introduction he responded to a simple question. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Would’t that be enough for great conversation?