February 25, 2010

What Do You Expect to Hear?

Frederick Buechner says:
When a minister reads out of the Bible, I am sure that at least nine times out of ten the people who happen to be listening at all hear not what is really being said but only what they expect to hear read. And I think that what most people expect to hear read from the Bible is an edifying story, an uplifting thought, a moral lesson—something elevating, obvious, and boring. So that is exactly what very often they do hear. Only that is too bad because if you really listen…there is no telling what you might hear.

1 comment:

  1. I admit to sometimes "expecting" to hear the same old bible verses trotted out again and again. Then I am warmed by Scripture I have forgotten or a particular passage that has meaning in my life. Expectations really can be self-fulfilling little buggers.