I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw what was attributed to Jessamyn West in The Reader’s Digest:
“If I were to join a circle of any kind, it would be a circle that required its members to try something new at least once a month. The new thing could be very inconsequential: steak for breakfast, frog hunting, walking on stilts, memorizing a stanza of poetry. It could be staying up outdoors all night, ….reading the Bible – anything not ordinarily done.”
There it was – “reading the Bible” along with steak for breakfast, frog hunting, walking on stilts, and staying up outdoors all night!
It reminded me of the Malagasy Bible in the British and Foreign Bible Society’s interesting collection housed at the Bible House in Queen Victoria Station, London. During a period of great persecution the Queen of Madagascar ordered all Bibles and christian literature confiscated and burned. The Christians of one village longed to protect the single copy of the Scriptures they had among them. They agreed that the safest place to hide the precious Book was in the artificial cave which served as their smallpox hospital. When the Queen’s officers searched the village, they stayed clear of the smallpox hospital, and the villagers’ Bible was safe.
Many professed christians have tucked their Bibles safely away in some trunk of dark closet to preserve them no doubt from wear and tear of daily use. Little wonder, then, that Bible reading is considered to be “something new….inconsequential…..[something] not ordinarily done.”
One pollster declares that less than one out of ten Americans bother to read the Bible daily. We are turning our backs on the old landmarks which have in the past guided the American people in the way of moral rectitude and spiritual integrity.
Americans, unfortunately, seem to be forgetting the source of power which made theirs a great nation. This beloved country of which we are justly proud was born in the cabin of the ship Mayflower, where a handful of brave men undertook to establish a new state founded upon the principles set forth in the Holy Scriptures. Those early Pilgrims made the Word of God the very cornerstone of their homes, the creed of their churches, and the heart of their schools. Their concepts of personal liberty, justice, statecraft, and government found root in a living faith in the divine message. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ, whom the early builders of our nation knew and revered.
In the Apostle Paul’s day the Bereans were described as “more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily.” (Acts 17:11.)
Nobility of character – how much each one of us needs the elevating, ennobling influence of God’ds Word in these days of moral degeneracy, social furor, and spiritual bankruptcy. What a shame to consider reading God’s Word “something new…..inconsequential ….[something] not ordinarily done”!
With God’s help you and I can help change this situation by encouraging our friends to turn back to God’s Word. This is the only hope left for the salvation of our nation.
Below is a video sermon by United States Senate Chaplain Barry Black on the reviving power of God’s word.