My pathological distaste for “right answers” sometimes leaves me wondering whether I am being judgmental or I simply prefer honesty.

I realized the other day that I simply don’t trust people when they give me one of the “right answers”… The thing is, they might actually mean what they say… but still.

The reason why I have thought of it right now is because I have just read a few biographies of Christian band members. The band is Belorussian. I’ve never heard them, but heard of them. So it seemed logical to go to their website and read what they are all about.

Every band member had to answer a set of questions.

Two of those questions were about the authority figure in one’s life and one’s hobbies.

Majority of the band answered that their authority figure is God and their hobby is to read the Bible.

And this was the moment when I had to double-check myself because I found myself thinking “Oh really? Sounds too good to be true.”

My main beef wasn’t even about authority figure, but about reading Bible as a hobby.

A hobby.


A hobby is knitting or collecting Coca-Cola cans or riding a bike. The dictionary defines it as “an activity or interest pursued for pleasure or relaxation and not as a main occupation.”

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t have anything against reading the Bible. But it’s not a hobby. It is not always pleasant. It is not always relaxing. There are a lot of passages we can read to make us feel good – and our God is a God who cares about His children and makes His love known to us. However, there are a lot of passages that speak of so-called God’s “tough love.” The love that says that we cannot go on living like we do; the love that says that we should change something in us… And that ain’t always an easy process!

Do you think reading the Bible can be a hobby?

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