Did you know September 30-October 6 is Banned Book Week? When I worked at the public library this was one of my favorite book promotions to do every year. Maybe because I’m a little bit of a rebel at heart…
There are several great classics that have frequently been banned or challenged. But there is one book that always fails to make it to the list, even though it is banned in over fifty countries and has been restricted in additional areas in the past.
Do you know what book I’m talking about?
If you guessed The Holy Bible, you’re right!
While the Bible is the best selling book in history and has been translated into over 1200 languages and dialects, it is also the most hated book in the world. According to Voice of the Martyrs, there are over fifty countries/areas that are either restricted or hostile to the Gospel and Christianity.
Thanks to the freedom we have been blessed with in America (and any other liberated country you may be reading from), we have the opportunity to read and study the Bible as much as we want. But, how often do we take the time to do it?
- How many mornings do we choose an extra hour of sleep instead of getting up for a quiet time?
- How many minutes do we waste checking Facebook or Twitter instead of memorizing Scripture?
- How many evenings do we watch television instead of praying for the persecuted church and other concerns?
- How many days will go by before we give God’s Word the priority it deserves?
Are you feeling a little convicted? I sure am.
Psalm 119 is full of verses that testify to the importance of the Word of God and how we should desire and delight in it.
“Even though princes sit and talk against me,
Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
Your testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors.”
Oh, that this would be our prayer! That the Word of the Lord would be on our hearts and minds daily. Let us strive to excercise our freedom to read these Words of Life. May we be enabled to stand for truth and justice in an ever-increasing hostile world.
Have you opened your “Banned Book” recently?
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