In a survey by George Barna, a sampling of Americans was asked if they thought the Bible says, “God helps those who help themselves.” A clear majority (56%) thought it did. They were wrong: Ben Franklin said it. According to Barna, what was significant about the responses to this question was the large number of people (almost 20%) who simply answered that they “didn’t know.” After extensive polling, Barna’s opinion is that most Americans have no idea what is in the Scriptures. After watching “Jeopardy,” I’d agree. Contestants continually missed some of the basic questions about the Bible.
It is sad to think that this is the way things are, but to tell the truth, I have suspected it for years. Secularism, criticism, and sciencehave contributed to making the Bible an unread book. Banned from the public schools and most of public life, the Bible is thought of by many as a collection of myths irrelevant for modern times. Yet, ironically, according to a Gallup poll, 93 percent of all households own one or more Bibles. But only 12 percent of adults read the Bible every day and 57 percent say they don’t read the Bible at all during a typical week. Obviously, we face a great task as Christians in our society. God’s Word needs to be heard. How can we help?
Lord, thank You that Your Word is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.