Monday, July 10, 2006

Book Store Fluff

Having been in the process of reading Owen’s Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers I am struck by how deep, and practicle, Owen goes in dealing with the issue of sin. Then this weekend I was at a shopping center and was walking through a Christina Book Store, or should I say Book & Trinket Market, and was amazed at how shallow a vast majority of the selection was. I am not just speaking of the size of words or the number of pages but in the content presented.

So much of what is offered and what is read is on the shelf to please men, and women, make people feel better about themselves or simply to better themselves. This then leaves little room for dealing with real issues such as how does sin affect our glorifying God. Now this is not to say there are no books out there but what I am saying is that the vast majority of books being sold, and sales is probably the driving force, are fluff.

Just as Paul on writing to the Corinthians in 1 Cor 3:2 speaks of the Corintheans still being on milk, all too many book stores are nothing but milk and most of it gone sour at that. I am not trying to be a book snob but we only have so much time given us by God and it needs to be spent in a much better way than reading how to feel better about ones self and never dealing with issues that deny God His rightful glory such as the pervasiveness of sin in our lives.

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