If you’re like most people, neither you or your children have read any books lately. Our culture has increasingly become video and picture oriented rather than text oriented. Books have been shelved. They are disregarded, and when one does take up a book, it is often seen as a chore or an “assignment”. Who wants another job to do? Nobody, and so, books are put away to look nice in the bookcase and collect dust with the other household antiques.
Of course, you are currently reading a blog. Perhaps you feel that I’ve overstated the issue, but a blog is not a book. Al Mohler has written an interesting article on this topic – Defining Literacy –Do Your Kids Read Books? I encourage you to read his article, and the Washington Post article that he cites. I do, however, want to provide you with this small excerpt:
Reading is an important Christian discipline. Further, growth as a Christian disciple is closely tied to the reading of the Bible, as well as worthy Christian books…A loss of literacy and respect for the book amounts to grave danger for the Christian…The electronic media have their places and uses, and I am thankful for the accessibility of so much worthy and important information through digital means. Nevertheless, the electronic screen is not the venue for lengthy, thoughtful, serious reading. The vehicle for serious reading is the book, and the Christian should be a serious reader.
Not only are leaders readers, but Christians should be readers as well. God’s revelation to us is words on a page. If we as Christians are to love and please our Savior we must read His book; not just to soak up information, but to live what we learn.
In his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Donald Whitney cites the following statistics from a survey of people who identified themselves as “born again Christians”:
“18% read the Bible every day and 23% said they never read the Word of God.”
That is unacceptable. Since it was Jesus who said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4), surely He intended, at the very least, for us to read every word.
Read any good books lately?