The One Book

“I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33).
Quickly, now. Your house is burning. You see the flames rising into the sky. Your wife and children are safe. Then someone tells you you can enter the house and take out one item. What would you grab?
Your answer says a lot about you!
You might respond: “This is a church bulletin, so I’m supposed to say, ‘The Bible.’ That would prove my priorities were in the right place. Now, where was it, high up in the kid’s cupboard? In the attic with grandma’s things? Under all those back issues of National Geographic?”
Someone asked Franklin Roosevelt what one book he would place in the hands of every Russian citizen. Do you know what book he suggested? It says a lot about our culture!
There was a time when people came to this country, not for monetary gain, but for the privilege to worship and serve God according to their own convictions. Back then our president might have said: “Give those British (or Prussians, or French) a Bible!”
America stands for a lot of commendable things — freedom and hard work, democracy and opportunity. So what did Roosevelt want all Russians to have? The complete works of Thomas
Jefferson? Abraham Lincoln? The Bible?
Roosevelt’s answer was … the Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
What does that say about “us”? Is it accurate? Is that truly what we stand for? Wouldn’t you like to change that? You can, by putting a Bible in your hands and placing its precepts in your heart.

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