How do we address difficult, challenging subjects? It’s often done successfully with humor or satire. The Camo Bible embodies that thought.
We’ve promoted it as being “For Christians who want to make sure they’re in the Kingdom but don’t want to be too noticeable.” That line should tell anyone all they need to know. Our instruction is not to hide the Light within us under a bushel! God intends for us to be very noticeable. In fact, we are to let our light so shine before men that they see our good works and glorify Him! (see Matthew 5:15-16; Mark 4:21; Luke 11:33)
It’s often uncomfortable if our faith makes us real noticeable. That tends to also make us unliked and we like being liked! These times show us just how much of the world is still in us. (see John 15:19; I John 2:15) Since berating people about it hasn’t worked real well in many churches, a different approach might be helpful.
First, most of the people who read this blog aren’t really trying to “blend in.” For you, the Camo Bible is a humorous way for ‘iron to sharpen iron.’ (Proverbs 27:17). It’s to help you ‘stand out.’ Second, the Camo ‘Translation’ verbalizes the way many people really think and act. They won’t say so, but their actions tell the story. Recognize they really are ‘blending in’ may help them in their faith journey. Third, there’s a post-modern generation behind us this can reach if it’s shared. That’s three reasons it’s a good project for us and subscribers.
Want an example? Here’s the gist of today’s Camo Bible post:
Psalm 119:3-4 NASB
They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in all His ways. You have ordained Your precepts (laws), that we should keep them diligently.
Pretty big order here! No unrighteousness and all His ways??? That person would be real noticeable in today’s world! And there’s that other thing. The world I live in says what’s true for me is cool and whatever you think is true is OK for you. But laws? Let’s try this!
Psalm 119:3-4 -The Camo Translation
They also don’t do much unrighteousness; they walk in all His convenient ways. You have ordained Your suggestions, that we should keep them as best we can.
Now, that won’t make me too noticeable!
NOW, think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!