[hobbies]

[hobbies]

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.

Really.

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?

  • Riding a bike is a hobby? I have a t-shirt that is worn out (but I have saved it for a future hobby) that says, “Cycling is life. the rest is just details.” 🙂 To answer your question: I don’t believe reading the Bible should be a hobby. It should be a “life preserver.” A Christ-follower needs to look at the Word as Life to a dying and thirsty soul. A hobby to me is something I do to ease the tension and I do in my spare time. (I like to do jigsaw puzzles). yeah, easy answers is not where it is at. Love ya sis and take no offense at your remark about bike riding. 🙂

    • LOL 😀 I almost hyperlinked “riding a bike” to your page 😀 I know it’s more than a hobby for you 🙂

      OOhhh!!! Jigzaw puzzles – love them! Can’t do them at home however because I’ve got an uber-curious cat that is active despite the old age. I did enjoy putting pieces together last week at my friend’s place – she’s got a Flags of the World puzzle.

      Love ya too, big bro 🙂

  • Mary

    You are right: a spiritual path is not a hobby. It is central to one’s life and defines the life. Perhaps the musicians hadn’t considered the questions carefully enough. Who asked the questions anyway? Today I have been reading a book about Shakespeare by John Bell, an Australian actor and director who has worked on Shakespeare all his life. John dismisses the theory that the plays were written by the Earl of Southampton, or some other aristocrat in his spare time. Apart from all the other evidence against this idea, John points out that nobody could have produced the works of Shakespeare in his spare time. These superb works are the product of a lifetime of experience in theatre. Shakespeare probably had hobbies, but playwriting was not one of them.

    • Perhaps the musicians hadn’t considered the questions carefully enough – either that or they thought that by saying that, it will somehow improve their status as a Christian band… or as “good Christians”…

      RE: Shakespeare – hmm, interesting. I can easily believe that Aesop’s tales weer a collection of various authors, but Shakespeare? I agree with John – this kind of literature speaks of real investment of time and effort – and indeed – the very “insides” of the theater life had to be known.

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