Chance the Rapper’s Bible reading sabbatical looks to be off to a strong start, and the rapper/actor/education advocate is already looking for people to join him.
Per an Instagram post, Chance is tackling Galatians. He tweeted this screenshot of Galatians 1:6 and 7 on Wednesday.
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Well, Galatians is very short — just six very manageable chapters. Seriously, for all the bite-sized “a verse a day keeps the devil away”-type bean counting Bible-reading practices taught in the American church, it can be very refreshing to just take an hour or so out of the day and read a whole entire book of the Bible front-to-back. It’s not nearly as daunting as it sounds, and it can give you a much a fuller picture of what the author’s trying to do than just going one verse at a time. Imagine, for example, trying to read Harry Potter at a sentence-per-day pace and then trying to give a summary of the plot afterwards.
But we digress. Chance’s new mission to get a handle on the Bible is an admirable one. “I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with,” he wrote on Monday. “I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days and read my Bible.”
“We all quote scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn’t like, but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really read and KNOW his Word?” he continued. “I’m definitely guilty of not devoting time to it.”
He’s off to a good start, and is also apparently reading the late Rev. John Baillie’s Diary of Private Prayer which is well worth a read, if you haven’t.