Wow…I get a day off today, but it is not what you think.
I have this Bible app (YouVersion) for my Droid X smart phone. It’s a great little app. It has a few different versions of the Bible. I can bookmark favorite passages. I can share favorite passages with Facebook and Twitter. I can make notes on my favorite passages. I like this app…but there is a glaring flaw.
Another feature of this app is that it contains a number of different Bible reading plans (devotional, partial Bible, topical, whole Bible and youth). One of the plans I have subscribed to is a Lenten plan. It has a short thought to consider and then a couple texts to read each day…almost.
Well…today I signed in to read my text and this is what I found: Sundays are days off in this reading plan, as they are traditionally not considered a part of Lent. Every Sunday is a “mini-Easter”, when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and his victory over sin and death…”
I have no problem with that part as it is true but this is what came next: “There is no reading for today, enjoy your day off…“
Did they really tell me to enjoy my day off from reading the Bible? So I read it again and sure enough, “…enjoy your day off…” I have a problem with that. True…Sundays are technically not counted in Lent but a “day off” from reading scripture? But not just a day off but “enjoy it”? That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. It almost sounds like they believe reading scripture is a chore and that they we need a break from time to time. Maybe they are concerned that people will think that reading the Bible everyday is too much work and will be turned off from their app.
Seriously people…if you want to communicate how Sundays are not counted in Lent, fine, but at least include a “non-Lent” scripture reading (on Sunday) to encourage people to read everyday. The Sabbath Day is a day of rest but not a day of rest from reading God’s Word. In Matthew 4, as Jesus is weak and tired from fasting for 40 days, Jesus responds to Satan’s temptation by saying, “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” We need this word everyday…you can never get too much. And if you are getting tired from reading God’s word (and need a break) then you’re simply reading for information (like for class) and not for nourishment. You should never need a “day off”.
OK…I am done ranting now. I am going to go and violate my Bible reading plan. Hopefully I won’t get struck down 🙂
Happy reading and may God bless your day.