I had just taken a mandatory online course on “Sexual Harassment Prevention for Employees”. Well-written and informative, it was a stark difference from other human resource videos and presentations. The dialogue was real, taken from actual court testimonies and depositions. Furthermore, some of the actors were well-known celebrities, giving this entire presentation a welcome realism. As I viewed the various scenarios, I was completely drawn in realizing these episodes actually occurred.
There is something compelling about viewing a presentation with the knowledge that the actual dialogue is genuine. No matter how incredulous the situation may appear, one has to be persuaded by the veracity of the story. It really happened and if it did, what should be my response? In the case of the this sexual harassment course, it opened my eyes to the subtle ways that harassment can rear its ugly head in the workplace. It also encouraged me to open a dialogue with my employees about this disturbing topic. In short, the course was a success because I knew the dialogue was real.
Are there other situations where we can know the dialogue is real and we can be persuaded to change our behavior because of it? The Bible is God’s plan for redemption and salvation for mankind. It is an accurate account of the conversations that occurred between God and man. When I read the Bible, I am not reading a fanciful fairy tale or the musings of gifted and creative writers. I am reading the mind of God, communicated directly to human authors by God Himself, through His Holy Spirit.
Above all, you know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man; instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (CSB)
The dialogue is real. The stories we read about in the Bible actually happened. Since we know this, how will we respond to His message of redemption and salvation through faith and belief in Jesus Christ?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.