“I know you are not in the market for this model, but I have to show it to you.”
My wife and I rolled our eyes as glanced at each other. This is going to be another typical hard-sell from a car salesperson, we both thought. We turned a corner in the parking lot and beheld a pristine vehicle. “This is a used car!” My wife and I were surprised. It was immaculate and flawless, the rubber hairs on the tires obvious to even a casual observer.
“Looks brand new.” I exclaimed.
The salesperson nodded and smiled. “That’s because it is! This woman from Pasadena came with her grandson looking to buy a new car. I actually tried to talk her out of this model because I did not think it was practical nor her style but she insisted on purchasing it. Sure enough, three days later, she returned to me and said she wanted to sell it back to me and purchase another car.”
“Wow!” I exclaimed. “She took a big loss!”
“Yes! But her loss is your gain. Even though it has only 89 miles on it, I have to sell it as a used car, but all the warranties, everything, is intact. You are getting a brand new car at a huge discount!”
“There are only 89 miles on it?” I grinned as I looked at my wife and the salesperson. “So this car really did belong to a little old lady from Pasadena?”
The salesperson winked at me as my wife groaned at my joke and I proceeded to hum the familiar tune.
Life imitates art.
We smile when we encounter examples in our everyday activities. Art is more than paintings and sculptures; it is represented in song, literature, and the media. The pervasive influence of art influences our behavior and even shapes our moralities and sensibilities. Not surprising, in many colleges, there are courses entitled, “The Bible As Literature.” The premise is the Bible should be read and evaluated as any other work of literature, on the same level as Shakespeare, Aristotle, and Homer. The Bible should be studied as a work of literature but it would be a severely narrow and limited analysis. It is not simply another work of art. The Bible is the template, the blueprint for how we should live our lives through faith in God.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
The Bible is not life imitating art. It is our life imitating Life.
This is the Bible, God’s sacred and eternal Word.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.