– 2 Tim 2:15 (KJV)
After thirty years of preaching God’s word, a New Jersey preacher concluded, “The Bible is the best-selling, least-read, and least understood book in the world.” In his view and experience, “Biblical illiteracy is rampant.”
George Gallup, the foremost religion pollster in the United States, agrees with this preacher. “We revere the Bible,” he says, “but we don’t read it.”
In a recent survey, 64 percent of those questioned said they “were too busy” to read the bible.
The average household has three Bibles but less than half the people in the United States can name the first book in the Old Testament.
One survey said that 12 percent of its respondents identified Noah’s wife as Joan of Arc.
The solution to Bible illiteracy? Read the Bible! Won’t you please join me in a commitment to read the Bible on a daily bases.
“These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11 NKJV)
It will take about 15 minutes a day to follow a daily reading of God’s word. Are we too busy to take this small amount of our time each day to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18)?
Wayne DeDear is minister of Goliad Church of Christ