What Does It Mean To Deconstruct The Bible?
Over the past few years, the term “deconstruction” has become a major topic for discussion. What is it? What does it mean? And as it exists, we ask the question of why “deconstruction” is necessary? Especially when it comes to the evangelical church — churches founded in the late 20th century that stress the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, personal conversion, Scripture as the sole basis of faith, and evangelism — in America, and more specifically, white evangelicals.
As many will say, “Deconstruction is not destruction.” Deconstruction is a way for believers, specifically those of the Christian faith, to look critically at what it is that they believe and why they believe it. It challenges what we’ve been taught, which being in America often comes through a lens of White supremacy and racism, creating a monolithic expression of faith and causing Black people and people of color to abandon their cultures to participate. This is not the Christian faith. This is whiteness at work. Deconstruction is simply reclamation of what the Bible says to be true and what that looks like as we study versus what has been forced on believers.
As we deconstruct, we learn that:
- Many passages in the Bible were written at a specific time for a specific group of people, or purpose, with a specific purpose.
- There are things in our current society that the Bible does not show answers for. That does not mean it is a loophole.
- The importance of studying the word of God, biblical scripture, for yourself while posing questions and seeking answers. Oftentimes, prayerfully seeking answers and going to a leader at your church or someone who you feel can answer that question.
- Deconstruction is not deconversion. Deconversion is to leave the Christian faith, or any faith, entirely. Deconstruction is to critically assess why we believe what we believe.
While the Bible is a guidebook for how we ought to live our lives as believers in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, people have far too often twisted God’s word to fit their agenda.
To work toward deconstructing the Bible and what we’ve been taught that has proven to be harmful rather than helpful is to take on the likelihood that we are wrong. And, it is okay to be wrong about things. The comeback is in how you handle that wrong information and those you may have harmed with it.
To learn more from CityPoint Community Church’s Deconstructing The Bible series, check out our YouTube channel.