When I was a lot younger, I was associated with a church that was, hands down, the most Bible-reading group of people I have ever known. With all of the faults of that generation and its leadership, they had a passion for the Bible. And if I may say so, if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here doing what I am doing.
And here we are, in a generation where Bible study doesn’t seem to be valued like it once was. All the great leaders of our founding and succeeding generations were Bible reading men, even when the Bible was honored in the breach.
The Bible was variously interpreted, but it was nevertheless the final authority for belief and practice. Now, something entirely different seems to be that authority. What seems singularly unfortunate is the obvious fact that even Christians no longer read the Bible regularly. Where have we gone astray? And what can we do about it?