One of the things that I do on my Facebook Page each Monday is to encourage people to read their Bible for 15 minutes before logging on to Facebook. I started doing this because it was becoming obvious that people really do not know what is in their Bible and that they are walking around with a lack of strength spiritually because they are not reading their Bible.
It seems that my instincts on what I was seeing was true. In a survey released by Lifeway Research, only 19% of churchgoers read their Bible daily. What is even worse is that 40% read their Bible less than once a week! Here are some excerpts from the story I found on Baptist Press.
19% of Churchgoers read their Bible daily.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — While the majority of churchgoers desire to honor Christ with their lives and even profess to think on biblical truths, a recent study found few actually engage in personal reading and study of the Scriptures.
For the study, LifeWay Research interviewed a demographically balanced online panel of American adults who attend a Protestant church at least once a month. A total of 2,930 surveys were completed between Oct. 14-22, 2011.
When asked how often they personally (not as part of a church worship service) read the Bible:
– 19 percent respond “every day.”
– 26 percent say a few times a week.
– 14 percent say they read the Bible “once a week.”
– 22 percent say “once a month” or “a few times a month.”
– 18 percent say “rarely/never.”
“Bible engagement has an impact in just about every area of spiritual growth,” said Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research. “You can follow Christ and see Christianity as your source of truth, but if that truth does not permeate your thoughts, aspirations and actions, you are not fully engaging the truth.
“God’s Word is truth, so it should come as no surprise that reading and studying the Bible are still the activities that have the most impact on growth in this attribute of spiritual maturity,” Stetzer said. “As basic as that is, there are still numerous churchgoers who are not reading the Bible regularly. You simply won’t grow if you don’t know God and spend time in God’s Word.”
Do you see a connection between the lack of Bible reading and the condition of our nation?
I think we can all agree that the spiritual condition of our nation is seriously lacking. With a major political party struggling with even including one mention of God in their platform, and the other political party nominating a former leader and still member of a cult, it is painfully obvious that most people do not know what the Bible says. Do you see a connection between the two problems? Has the lack of Bible reading led us to this situation? I want to hear from you.
What are some of your ideas that might help others in setting up a daily Bible reading plan. Leave me your comments!