For decades Christians have been engaged in a battle for the Bible. We’re frustrated that God’s Word is being removed from the public square. We’re annoyed by a confused interpretation of “the separation of church and state” that privatizes the Bible’s message. And we’re determined not to let the media disrespect God’s Word any longer.
There’s only one problem. We’re losing the battle…and it’s our own fault. Why? Because most Christians would rather fight about the Bible than actually read it and live it. While we’ve been busy on the front lines of the culture wars, statistics show that Bible reading among church-goers has been in decline.
- 90% of Americans own at least one Bible
- Less than 20% will read the Bible through in their lifetime
- 45% “rarely/never” read the Bible
- 4% of Americans have a biblical worldview
- 9% of those “born again” have a biblical worldview
That’s why I’m convinced that the best way to promote biblical values in America is not to force The Good Book on a secular world. Rather, it’s for the church to have a widespread renewal of Bible reading and living. That will have a greater impact, at far less cost, than anything else we can do.
When I became the president of Scripture Union, I began asking God to cause Bible reading to take off like wildfire. I know only He can make that happen. But I believe there are at least two things we can do to help. First, we can commit to the basic discipline of reading God’s Word ourselves. And second, we can pray that God will “ignite a Bible reading revival” beginning in the church. Are you with me?