This jubilee project has been — simply — an attempt at taking Scripture seriously in my own context. What other world does the Bible apply to, really, than each of our own contexts? Context upon context since Adam and Eve tread through the garden. Context upon context until we see the new heavens and new earth promised upon Jesus’ return.
So as happens all day long if we are looking for it, I saw a signpost pointing to the relevance of Scripture. David Brooks, writing in the New York Times in a piece about Alcoholics Anonymous, entitled “Bill Wilson’s Gospel,” said “…even in an age of scientific advance, it is still ancient insights into human nature that work best. Wilson built a remarkable organization on a nighttime spiritual epiphany.”
AA is but one example of human wisdom that we sometimes forget was God’s idea. I’m not saying that Bill Wilson forgot it; only that often the rest of us do, thinking, “Wow… what a great idea” and giving our modern era the credit for such enlightenment.
Recently I was reading in Genesis 2, and I came upon verse 9 which says, “And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” And I immediately thought, “Michael Pollan.” I love his work. He’s changing lives and getting people thinking about what and how they are eating. So I am thankful for his work.
Yet when I read Michael Pollan telling us, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” I should think, “Genesis 2,” and not the other way around.
We’ve got a sourcebook for all wisdom, and we run around everywhere else trying to find wisdom, celebrating the latest wisdom bringer. Let’s do both — know the ultimate source AND delight in those who creatively package and remind us of eternal truths.