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Pastor’s Corner: Can a leopard change his spots?

By Staff | May 30, 2014

A man in our church recently gave me a newspaper article that he found in a national newspaper. A recent research project surveyed Millennials (people between the ages of 18-29) to see how young people view the Bible in relation to our society. It turns out that about 26% of young people think the Bible has had too much influence on our society. It would seem that many young people feel the Bible has influenced our way of life a little too much.

This got me thinking about just how much the Bible has influenced us today. One aspect of influence that hit me was how much our everyday speech has been impacted by the scripture. I wondered how many people knew how much the Bible has influenced our everyday speech in regards to the idioms that we say on a daily basis. Here are a few popular sayings that you may hear throughout your day that come straight from the word of God:

A leopard cannot change its spots Jeremiah 13:23

A labor of love Thessalonians 1:2-3

A man after my own heart Samuel 13:14

A sign of the times Matthew 16:3

A wolf in sheep’s clothing Matthew 7:15

As old as the hills Job 15:7

At his wits end – Psalms 107:27

The skin of his teeth Job 19:20

Give up the ghost Acts 12:23

How the mighty have fallen I Samuel 1:19

No rest for the wicked Isaiah 57:20-21

Out of the mouths of babes Psalms 8:2

The blind leading the blind Matthew 15:14

The apple of his eye Deuteronomy 32:10

There are literally hundreds of other examples of how the Word of God has impacted our everyday speech. It seems that scripture really has influenced us even more than we recognize, and for that I am thankful. I am also thankful that I live in a place where the Word has shaped and impacted our government, our society, and yes, even our speech.

For those people who think the Word of God has impacted the world we live in a little too much, let me just say, careful what you ask for because you just might get itor in other words You reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7)!

– Pastor Jason

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