Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Great Verse. Bad Location.

We have visited numerous churches over the last two months and I believe we have located a church home. (More on that in the future) During the course of these visits I noticed a verse hung up in one of the church nurseries, a room I seem to frequent.  It was:  "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed."  I Corinthians 15:51b  Well, that's a great verse, but not on a nursery wall.  I took note of it, but thought it was probably an anomaly.  That was until I began seeing this verse on other nursery walls too.  What is up with this?  Who began pulling this verse out of context and putting it on nursery walls?  I would like for this trend to stop.

Of course the word "sleep" in this context is referring to death.  So is my baby going to die if I leave her in this nursery?  And "changed" is not referring to putting on a new diaper either, in case that's what you assume also.  I love this verse.  It's an encouragement to so many who have lost converted relatives to the temporary physical separation called "death."  This mortal body will eventually disintegrate and we will be resurrected and our souls enveloped in brand-new immortal bodies at the Second Coming  (I'm a post-tribber, in case you're wondering).  The subsequent verses remind us that death will be conquered and sin defeated.  Wonderful words to encourage our patient continuance in the faith.

Where have you seen verses pulled out of context?  It's a bad habit.  I'll be advocating for a replacement verse next time I see I Corinthians 15:51 on a nursery wall.  What about:
"Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."  Mark 10:14b


  1. Makes me wonder if someone just thought it to be a creative/humorous way to sum up nursery life (without meaning to spread bad hermeneutics). Of course such humor may be offensive to some, which should have been considered. Blessings!

  2. Perhaps so. I don't think anyone really notices these framed verses anymore, other than the occasional visitor. :)


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