Another day at work standing in the radio studio, playing the music, and occasionally talking to the world through the microphone.
The tiny red light blinked.
I reached out with my right hand, pressed the button, and answered the incoming call. The recorder started recording the conversation.
The caller asked
- “So, what do you think?
- What is the Bible about and
- Why should I care?”
I hesitated before I answered. I wanted to be careful. I wanted to answer accurately. I wanted to be as helpful as I could be. The trick was getting this person to listen and hear what I said, because I realized almost everyone has formed an opinion about the Bible. “Well, it’s a love story, isn’t it?”
“Yeah, I mean God made everything and he loves it. But we decided we didn’t want or need God’s love and so we rejected it.”
“Sure, and then too late, we realized that our action meant our love connection with God got disconnected.”
“We were without love?”
“That’s right. Some weren’t bothered by their broken connection with God, but a few were troubled. However the small number who worried couldn’t reconnect the relationship on their own.”
“Well, did it get fixed?”
“The possibility exists for fixing intimacy with God, yes.”
“How does it happen?”
“The Bible lets you know that God loves you so much that he sent someone to reconnect intimacy so love can be experienced again.”
I sipped and swallowed some coffee and checked the digital count down timer, noting how long before the song playing ended.
“Is that the truth?”
“Yes God sent (for those who would care), Jesus.”
“That’s right. In the Bible’s love story what we could not do for ourselves God did for us. Love is possible once again. But the Bible also tells about people’s rejection of God’s solution and we read (but rarely comprehend), the consequences of refusing to accept the person God sent.”
“Good question. Yet, the Bible adamantly says it doesn’t have to be this way any longer.”
“Absolutely not. The Bible clearly reveals that each of us has the option to make a choice and we are encouraged to choose life—to choose Jesus.”
I reached up to touch the computer’s monitor to play the next song on the daily music list. “Yes and no. You and I can choose to allow God to love us, but we don’t have to. If we choose not to allow God to love us and we decide to decline God’s offer of affection then we remain messed up (as in disconnected).”
“This is what the Bible says?”
“You can read it for yourself. The Bible is a love story. It shows you how to be in love again. The message is that you have a choice to love God or not love God. It’s your call. The Bible hopes you will decide to reconnect to life by choosing Jesus.”