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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Old Book for a New Day

The Bible is foreign to thousands of Americans. Many parents have never read Bible stories to their children. Gideons are restricted from distributing New Testaments in public school classes. Often, teachers misinterpret the principle of separation of church and state to mean the Bible has no place in public education. In reality, they can include it in the curriculum as a valuable resource for understanding our nation’s history, laws, and literature. TV shows that include Bible questions must keep the questions simple. Although contestants are often well versed in the arts and entertainment, science, business, and literature, they frequently can’t identify Luke as one of the four Gospels or distinguish between Moses and Noah. Many adults perceive the Bible as dry, boring, contradictory, and obsolete, when in reality it is refreshing, vibrant, flawless, and relevant.

Daniel Webster advised: “If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper, but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.”

Americans are listening daily to presidential candidates and forming personal judgments about them, but our nation’s greatness and security depends mainly on our decision to honor God and His Word. “Righteousness exalts a nation” (Proverbs 14:34).

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