I have to admit it.
Quite a lot.
There was a lady describing herself as a ‘bibliotherapist’ on BBC radio 4 this morning, and the interviewer let her run then asked her whether she didn’t really mean ‘librarian’?
You can follow it up here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9663000/9663199.stm
The point is, in a secular society people still encounter all of the same sorts of trials and tribulations of life they encounter in more God-oriented lifestyles, but need help of the sort a clear faith would have given them in terms of insight and wisdom and comfort … in short, help.
Humanity encounters hardship and needs fresh light on its situation, support, encouragement … and that’s true whether we are spiritual or secular people.
Christians turn to the Bible, literary secularists turn to a bibliotherapist (who recommends a good book to take you out of yourself – apparently).
It’s made me think quite a lot about what a Christ-follower should be doing and how he or she should be relating to secular and spiritual people in a world short of support, insight, wisdom and encouragement.
Here’s my role.
I’m here to help people get to know God better.
How do we get to know God better?
By looking into what He says in His books … so my job is to get people into the book.
It’s not a bad idea.
Whether you are a believer or not, there’s still a lot in the Bible to guide, help, encourage and support a man when times are … perplexing … as well as when they are not.
I know this.
The locals call me ‘The Rev.’, but in fact (apparently) I am a Bibliotherapist.