Tract Rack Faith

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When was the last time you looked at a tract rack? Now I know what you are thinking, “Rob what is a tract rack?” And my answer is: exactly.  You walk by one every Sunday morning when you are coming from class to the auditorium. A tract rack is where they keep all those little booklets  that people have written about their opinion on different subjects. In the 50’s and 60’s it was how a lot of people communicated what they considered facts about those subjects to their friends. Most days now people don’t even know they are there. I dare say very few people in the church have looked at those tracts in the last 10 years. Most of them were written in the 50’s and 60’s and a lot of the information is out of date or just flat out incorrect. I think that tract rack can at times be symbolic of our own study habits. We get a question and we sit down and study it and get to what we think is a correct interpretation and then we file it away on the tract rack and never return to it again. Now that we know what we think about that subject we can just hold to that opinion until we die. The problem with that was last time I checked the Bible is “living and active” which means as we grow, what we are able to understand about scripture changes. So that means our opinions are going to change as our understanding grows. So if we never revisit those subjects we questioned, or when people present new ideas we just write them off as wrong because they don’t agree with the results our last study yielded, we risk basing our opinions on ignorance. Be willing to be wrong. Be willing to consider other points of view that don’t agree with yours and study again to see if they might be right. Like I said, don’t believe everything you think. Become the Target.

 

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