Just like computers are constantly being upgraded with new software, and newer models are created with more storage, we also see the world of cars, fashion, electronics, and medicine changing.
These advances all highlight the uniqueness of God-given talent. Surprisingly, here in America our culture has become increasingly uninformed about the goodness of God. This biblical illiteracy has resulted in an increasing hostility to the hope and love that is freely available for everyone.
Research by Lifeway shows that 20% of faithful church attendees read their Bible once per week while another 20% don’t read their Bible at all.
How can the Bible influence our morals, attitudes, thoughts, values or behavior if we don’t read it?
God instructs us to pass on Biblical principles to our children, yet a quick peek at “current” society shows that there’s room for growth.
So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Psalm 78:6
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:26
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
No other book so vividly portrays the human heart as does this book. That’s because the Bible is the living, breathing, inspired word of God. No one knows the human heart better than God because He created mankind.
They don’t stop there. They truly desire an inner transformation in their lives and ask God to help them.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
In 1835 french sociologist and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville traveled to America to make some observations. In his infamous writings “Democracy in America” he noted the following:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
Christy Demetriades, Ph.D.