Polls show that knowledge of the Bible is dropping like a rock in America–even in the churches. That’s a huge problem, of course, but the biggest problem, says Scripture Union USA president Whitney Kuniholm, isn’t biblical illiteracy but the decline of biblical engagement.
“The outcome most Christians seek from reading the Bible is more biblical knowledge and truth, both of which are important. But the outcome that makes the Bible come alive is a sense that we’ve experienced the presence of the living God as we read and attempt to obey his Word. That’s what Bible engagement is all about. So my challenge to Christian leaders who are genuinely concerned about the decline in Bible reading is this: stop telling us we’re biblical ignoramuses, and start encouraging us to meet God in his Word.
A good word for us as we get back into a fall schedule and, in our church, begin small group Bible studies shortly.