And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days…1 Samuel 3:1
The word of the Lord was precious in Eli’s day. Do you think it is precious today in America?
I wonder how many of us would have a Bible in our homes if we knew that by having it we risked being jailed or put to death? In many parts of the world, the Word is still considered very precious. There are those who walk many miles to obtain a copy. Some receive a copy knowing they may pay the ultimate price and be killed if they are found with a Bible in their possession. Still they come to missionaries asking for a copy of the Word.
We have a second-hand book store near our home and there are treasures to be found there. Recently I found a copy of the Complete Works of Josephus. I also found Voices of the Faithful, with Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis. In the latter, there are stories of missionaries serving around the world.
In one South American country a missionary had a habit of handing out Christian tracts along with coins when giving tips. He found that the natives sometimes brought someone with them to receive what he had to give. One day he gave coins only. The recipient responded with “y el papelito?” meaning “And the paper?” He wanted a tract that had a small portion of God’s word included.
As I read the stories of how the word is received in other countries I realize why America is declining. We no longer see the word as precious. We have so many copies of the Bible that we have become careless and often take for granted that we will always be free to read the word of the Lord. We forget that the truth of God is scarce in so many places.
Today, in America, I see a dangerous trend. The Bible is mocked and sometimes banned. As a result of our allowing this to happen our society is declining. Truth is no longer easily discernible in the USA. News media, who once could be trusted to at least attempt to present a truthful version of news, now has sold out to political powers. News has been replaced with propaganda and those who dare to print or report the truth are often threatened. In a nation where our law states that, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” we have allowed students to be told they may not take Bibles to government schools, that they may not pray Christian prayers in government schools or government sponsored activities. In short, we have not enforced the freedoms our forefathers established. Because of this, our nation is experiencing not only decline, we are in confusion and turmoil.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 Titus 4:3-4
Thomas G. Barnes, Professor of Physics at the University of Texas at El Paso, gives us one example of how our nation has been turned away from truth and sound doctrine when he writes:
The inevitable consequence of evolutionary training is indoctrination in an inverted form of logic. Inverted logic begins at the wrong end and runs counter to the fundamental laws of science. Inverted logic is the type that would erroneously lead one to think he can lift himself up by his own bootstraps, with his feet still inside the boots.2
Our educational system has failed, our government is failing, and our young people are the victims of our declining civilization.
If this decline continues, perhaps the day will come when our youth, like those in so many oppressed countries today, will become so hungry for the truth that they will walk miles and risk everything to get one copy of God’s word.
- The Bible Tests Experience And Truth (samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com)
- A Word From The Lord (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- Sabbath Evening Post #28: Gold Rush (honeybeezbuzz.wordpress.com)
- “What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others?” (pastormikesays.wordpress.com)
- Your Bible – Read It Every Day (1) (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)