Could There be a Connection?

by Stan Mitchell
For years it was illegal to teach the Bible in the Soviet Union. Violators risked being subjected to “re-education.” If Soviet children were taught to revere anything, it was the Soviet State and its leaders.
But things are changing, as you know, in the former “Evil Empire.” Thousands of Bibles are being distributed in Moscow’s Gorky Park, in prisons, and in schools.
School children are given Bibles in St. Petersburg. “We’ve had the Bibles in the classroom for one month,” enthuses the mayor, “and have already seen a change among the children.”
Children are given a Bible to read, and their behavior improves. This is about as shocking as hearing expletives in rap music!
And here’s the irony. While Russia begins to allow Bibles into classrooms, America appears to increasingly view the Bible as contraband literature. And we, too, see the ill effects of this philosophy. High school children bring guns to school for their own protection. Over half of sixteen-year-olds are sexually active, and as a consequence, the 21st Century’s most fearsome plague runs riot. Over sixty percent of our children see nothing wrong with cheating on tests.
“If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The rise and fall of nations has less to do with weapons and technology, and more to do with worshiping God and teaching his will. The Soviets demanded re-education; what we need is to undergo rededication.

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