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.