What would happen if the US Government passed a law banning the sale of Bibles? I know. Christians would scream bloody murder. Churches would be packed and start mobilizing. Millions and millions of believers, and a lot of non-believers too, would begin reading God’s Word as a form of protest. Take that! To the chagrin of the secular powers that be, it would ignite an underground Bible reading revival!

So…why would that be so bad?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m incredibly grateful to live in a country that has freedom of religion, where I can easily obtain a Bible. I don’t want that ever to change. But I can’t help thinking that something’s wrong when Christians seem more likely to fight for their Bibles than to actually read them—90% of American households have one or more Bibles, but less than 20% will ever read the Bible through even once in their lifetime. Not good.

So…what can we do about it?

Well, a lot, actually. We can make the God’s Word a priority in our churches. We can attempt to communicate biblical principles in the public square. We can even use television, radio, print and the internet to persuade more people to give the Bible a try.

But as good as all those ideas are, there’s one thing that must happen first. We—that means you and me—must read and attempt to live out God’s Word today, and then tomorrow and then the next day. I know that sounds pedestrian. I know that doesn’t seem likely to change the world anytime soon. And I know it would feel better to do something aggressive to…to…restore this great nation to its Christian roots…and…to…to…promote absolute truth in a post-modern culture. But the fact is until Christians in America rediscover the basic discipline of daily Bible reading and prayer we’ll never be fully effective in having a biblical influence in our society.

Of course, I don’t think the government is ever going to ban the sale of Bibles. They need the tax revenue. But if that’s what it takes to ignite a Bible reading revival, I say bring it on.

Should the US Government Ban Bible Sales?

5 thoughts on “Should the US Government Ban Bible Sales?

  • March 13, 2009 at 1:09 pm
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    Should the government ban Gangsta Rap? Should the government ban Oprah? Now them’s fightin’ words! But ban Bible sales?.. unlikely to single out something thought to be so ignorable (kinda like the Constitution). Sad comfort, eh?

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  • March 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm
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    Reading the Bible is something that helps me each day and I can’t imagine life without it.

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  • March 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm
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    Jim…I agree the government is unlikely to ban the Bible. But I’ve been thinking about what it would take to start a Bible reading revival. Maybe it’s something other than increasing Bible sales. Anyway, thanks for your comment.

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  • March 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm
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    Hi Whitney,Great post! I'm going to share that with some friends!! Keep the faith, brother!! Very insightful!Hey. If you get the opportunity, would youplease pray for the many requests that maybe found on our main page?May the Lord bless and enrich your ministry!! 🙂Mark, Lynn, Brooke & Carley Seay http://www.LighthousePrayerLine.orgps – please consider “following” our blog -or- atleast grab one of our free, linking, blue buttons (top sidebar @ LighthousePrayerLine.org). Be blessed and be a blessing!pss – FREE subscription for animated gospel tracts at: http://www.emailministry.webs.com

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  • March 19, 2009 at 6:41 pm
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    Mark and Seay family,Nice family picture…and thanks for your comments on my banning the Bible post. I checked out Lighthouse and am impressed with the amount of content you have. Sorry to hear about the lost job but maybe God has opened new doors by now. Blessings.

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