There are study bibles on the market for everything from hunting tips to weight control, but what Christians really need is a study bible to help the Western consumer reinterpret the teachings of God for our modern world.  God never imagined the stresses faced by the modern consumer, or how busy we are, so a new study bible to help people know what God really meant to say is a big relief.

Now, from the people who brought you the “Fill In the Blanks Study Bible ©” comes the all-new “Con$umer $tudy Bible–A Guide to $old Out Faith ©

“Red Tag” Edition

“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ” (Ephesians 4:25–32, ESV)

 $ell-Out Commentary

When Paul wrote these words to the Christians at Ephesus, he clearly could not have imagined how frustrating it is to get bad customer service. God only intended this passage to apply to spiritual matters inside the walls of the church building on Sunday morning—certainly not situations where you buy a product and are unhappy with it.

God says, “be angry and do not sin” but we all know that anger is never a sin when you get bad service from a waiter or waitress. The Con$umer is always right, so if you get frustrated at a sales-call during dinner time, God knows it is okay to yell at the person on the other end of the phone—how dare they interrupt your dinner!

Also, if you spent lots of money on some computer software, you have a right to get angry if it does not work the way you want. In such a case, it is always okay to call the support-line people names, and write angry messages on their website forums and say rude things to other con$umers who don’t share your anger.

In these situations, it does not matter if the other people you are talking to are Christians or not, this is a business situation, not a spiritual one, and the seller owes the con$umer a good product and these people who frustrate you don’t deserve any kind words.

Look for more words of guilt-free wisdom in the soon-to-be released,

Con$umer $tudy Bible–A Guide to $old Out Faith ©

Dr. Joe Miller (aka JR) is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. In addition, he is a church planter and coach for emerging leaders. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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