In my last post I mentioned a recent survey by The Pew Forum where atheists/agnostics scored higher in Bible knowledge than Christians. Doh! But this time, I want to tell you how I discovered the most significant and surprising outcome of the survey.
It happened last week at the annual meeting of the Forum of Bible Agencies-North America, a group of Christian leaders that are in some way involved in “the Bible cause.” You might expect such an event to be a real yawner, especially since the Bible is everywhere in North America already. What’s to talk about?
Actually, quite a bit. We invited Alan Cooperman, the man behind the Pew Survey of Religious Knowledge, to walk us through some of the key findings–that religion is very important to Americans, or that educational attainment is the single leading predictor of higher religious knowledge, or that…I hate to break it to you…a lot of Christians don’t know their Bibles very well. So how did we respond? Did we booo, argue or kick him out for sharing such bad news? Far from it. We thanked Mr. Cooperman for helping us better understand the urgent need for Bible engagement among church-goers.
Then an unexpected thing happened; at the end, we joined together for an impromptu prayer meeting (see the picture above). We called out to God for Bible reading revival; we asked God to unify us so that we could help people of all ages read and live his Word. Standing in that circle of prayer made me realize God had used a negative secular survey to ignite a positive ministry outcome. That’s significant. So I invite you to join the circle; join us in praying for Bible reading revival in your church, your community and your country.