Gore Vidal spoke of the demise of good writing because there are no good readers. Writers are told to keep material at an eighth-grade reading level in order to reach the general public.
As the Word of God has come to us, how many “good readers,” or “good listeners” have been around? When Noah built the ark, should he have dumbed-down and softened the message of coming judgment to appeal to the crowd?
How much should we adapt to a materialistic, hedonistic culture in order to reach people? How far should we go to make the message simplistic and palatable? Should ministers, teachers and writers abandon the rich exegesis of scripture because there are no “good” readers or listeners?
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. II Timothy 4:3 (NIV)
From The Finale by Calvin Miller
When the heavens finally dissolve
and the sound of splintering suns
grows deafening around colliding
worlds, some prophet will be
found extolling hope while fissures
crack the ground beneath his feet.
Beware, O earth, the prophet who
claims to know the time but
never wears a watch.
Martha Hawn VanCise©2014 www.signpostsonhightrails.com