Writers Rule!

That was the message on a bumper sticker I saw. While we may find this claim amusing or even a little cocky, we cannot deny the impact of the printed page.

The level of immorality portrayed on television has shocked us to the point that we seem past shocking. Each of these programs follows a script. A relatively small group of writers is responsible for every curse word and every sex scene in every movie and television show aired. A few years ago they went on strike. It would have been great if all of them had been fired and decent writers had been hired in their place. But that was not about to happen in this ungodly generation.

Every bill proposed in Congress to undermine traditional Judaeo-Christian values is written by someone. These writers are educated, articulate, and shrewd. They use loaded, technical language to conceal the true intent of the proposed legislation, hoping their political opponents will not catch its hidden legal implications and knowing the average citizen will be unable to do so. We might also add that decisions of numerous powerful judges have been equally destructive to the moral standards this nation once recognized. In a regrettable way, writers do rule. But expertise in legal writing has also worked in our favor. Thank God that the writers of the Constitution had the intelligence and foresight to craft this remarkable document.

Certain writers continue to rule. The pen of Karl Marx still oppresses millions in communist countries. The writings of Charles Darwin proposed an evolutionary explanation to human origins which remains standard in modern education. Sigmund Freud continues to steer the field of psychology. The writer or writers of the Quran exert a frightening influence on over one billion Muslims, and Joseph Smith still deceives millions through his Book of Mormon.

But none of these writers can compare to those who wrote the Bible. One of these writers said,

“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables…knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Peter 1:16, 20-21).

Peter claimed what Jesus promised and what the Bible itself proves. He and the other writers of the Bible were inspired of God. This means they did not write from their own ingenuity or “private interpretation”; they wrote what the Spirit directed them to write. No other book can lay claim to this kind of authorship.

What other book can even come close to the marvelous beauty, the unsurpassed wisdom, the tremendous appeal, and the unparalleled dignity, richness, and diversity of subject matter in the Bible? What other book is so broad in its analysis and so penetrating in its insights? What other writing has sold as many copies, stirred as many souls, and reformed as many lives as the Bible? The Word of God is truly “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). Writers of other books may rule some lives, but the Writer of the Bible rules all.

-Kerry Duke

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