While in the middle of some leadership development yesterday, our leadership developer gave us this gem:
The difference between a proverb and a slogan is that a proverb stays with you all your life.
Christianity all too often gets reduced to mere slogans, usually those that fit on a bumper sticker:
In case of rapture, this car will be unmanned.
God is my co-pilot.
Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven.
Contrast those with the enduring wisdom from this collection of not just any proverbs, but THE Proverbs:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowdledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7
Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Think of him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 13:1
I believe I'll stake my life and faith on the Proverbs of yesterday rather than the slogans of today. Will you?