For the record, I am not suggesting we change the requirement. But I am thinking out loud about the topic. I do wonder why so many who learn the languages don't stick with them and use them. I am not sure we can boil it down to something as simple as calling them "lazy" as Jim West suggests.
With that in mind, I thought I would continue this trajectory by giving an opportunity for some to explain why they don't use Greek and Hebrew in preparation for teaching and preaching.
If you learned Greek and/or Hebrew either in undergrad or seminary and do not use it why?
- Are you too busy?
- Did you forgot everything you were taught?
- Is language a topic in which you are not skilled?
- Perhaps no one ever convinced you of the need?
- It could be you had a really lousy teacher who never took the time to help you learn the languages.
My goal here is not to call anyone out, but to hear from those who have been taught the languages and why they never followed through. I am really curious to hear from those who are engaged in some type of ministry that is not primarily in the academy.