For politicians running in this year’s elections and seeking advice on ways to reach their constituents, there is an aphorism that states if a candidate wants to know the true viewpoints of their populace, they must visit the “barber shops, beauty salons and Bible studies.”
I reflected upon this statement and wondered about its veracity. Sitting in my barbershop, I, and others, do tend to tell the barber our viewpoints on a wide range of topics. And having spent many an hour of my childhood, waiting for my mother in her beauty salon, I can attest that a similar situation occurs in that setting. What about Bible studies? In this setting, people are more likely to talk about the truly deep matters of life. Life, death, the state of one’s soul, the meaning of life...yes, all of these topics would be discussed in a Bible study. Indeed, a Bible study would quickly bring life’s true concerns into sharp focus for anyone attending. And why not?
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two- edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:12-13 (ESV)
God’s Word is living and brings out our deepest fears and desires because it is the absolute truth. It is God’s truth. And when we read the Word and truly ask God to reveal Himself, He will never disappoint!
In addition to politicians spending time in barber shops, beauty salons, and Bible studies, they should take the time to read the Bible. Truth is not a relative standard determined by opinion polls. It is only found in the pages of the Bible.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.