Once again being in the great state of Texas, (we lived there from 2001-2007 and my parents live there now) I was reminded of a biblical tool I ran across a while ago that has helped to clarify what the writers of the New Testament were really saying. You see, here in the western hemisphere we are unbelievably individualistic. However, the writers of scripture were unbelievably communalistic. (Yes, I just made up another word.) They didn’t see the world OR the Eternal Purpose of God through the filter of individualism. They saw the world and the Eternal Purpose through the lens of community. This actually makes perfect sense when we stop to consider that God Himself is community, three in one. He is a corporate God and therefore, must have a corporate expression.
Adding to our individualistic problem is the fact that in the English language we use the same word for ‘you’ singular as we do for ‘you’ plural. This, unfortunately, easily leads to us reading scripture incorrectly. We read our individualistic mindset (a ‘you’ singular) into scripture when the authors are speaking to a community (a ‘you’ plural).
Luckily, we don’t have to have access to the original Hebrew and Greek to know the difference now. The Texas Bible plugin can be downloaded to your computer for free and will change all the ‘you’ plurals on websites like biblegateway.com, youversion.com, and biblehub.com into y’alls. How convenient is that?
AND…if you are from an area other than the south, you can change the settings to suit your preference; like yous guys and yinz.
You will need Google Chrome to run the plugin, as it isn’t made for any other browsers. This is my only complaint because I use Firefox. However, the importance of understanding what the authors of scripture are actually saying is priceless so I think this tool is very valuable.
Also, if you are interested in understanding more about the corporate nature of God, I recommend “The Community Life of God” by Milt Rodriguez.
Y’all go on, now, and read the Bible like a Texan. 😉