There are better uses for a Bible than as a canvas

Marina Jaimes, Opinion Columnist

“I thought it’d be cute to paint the cover of my Bible … but I accidentally did it backwards, so now there’s an upside down cross on the back of my Bible. Great. I love me.” writes Twitter user @sydeyreneec.

Sydnee’s blunder somehow found its way onto my timeline and prompted me to question: Why would a person paint the Bible in the first place? Bibles are better left read than painted. And in this case, simply opening the book and reading its pages would have signaled to the painter which way was right-side up.

Painting Bibles happens to be one of my least-favorite trends I see on social media. From Snapchat to Instagram, users publicize their artwork on the inside and outside of the Bible. I, too, enjoy marking my favorite verses with highlighter to refer back to and spreading it with my followers, but somehow, I have never gathered up the energy to use a page as a canvas. The only writing found anywhere in my Bible reads “Just because I love you!!!” in my uncle’s handwriting on the inside cover.

I write my favorite verses on a yellow notepad and place it in the most central area of my room. It’s tattered, wrinkly, and not the most visually pleasing to look at. What’s beautiful about it are the words that fill its pages; words that have affected me in my best and worst of times. No artwork of mine could ever compare to the hope and joy that the Bible has given me.

My point: The best way to celebrate the Bible is to read, understand, and spread its word to others in need of it. All options would be a more productive form of worship that many of us make far too little time for in the first place.