Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. – Joshua 1:8
These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Over the past few months I have caught myself having a strange observation. It’s been an observation that has caused me to experience a few different feelings. I’ve felt angry, sad, and confused. I’m not really sure why it’s caught my attention or what exactly I’m suppose to do with it beyond writing a blog rant. Want to know what my observation has been?
It started about three months ago as I sat in church one Sunday and I caught myself observing how many men did NOT bring their bibles to church. (Please understand this observation has not only taken place in my own church) The first feeling I dealt with for several days after my first encounter with this quandary was confusion. I kept asking…why?
Why did some of the men not have their bible, but their spouse did? Why did I feel like I was one of the only guys in the room that did bring a bible? Why did I feel like I was out numbered and didn’t fit in? Why?
I have to admit after the first time I kind of shrugged it off. Then a couples weeks later I was drawn to the very same observation. However, this time I felt anger. Did they think it was a wimpy thing to carry a bible? And if that’s how some of them think does that imply I’m a wimp? That afternoon I knew I my thoughts and feelings had gone too far and being angry was wrong. I’m just glad I didn’t do something stupid like rant to some unsuspected church member or worse yet the pastor. After that moment of unwarranted anger and venting I once again shrugged it off.
A few weeks later it happened again, except this time I was visiting a church, and this time I had feelings of sadness. I was sad because I wondered if this was happening all over the country in our churches today, men not brining their bibles to church. I was sad wondering, if they don’t bring them to church then are they reading them at home? And are they reading it to their children? And then as I dwelled on this thought further my heart was sadden even more as I wondered…could it be? Could this be just one of the reasons?
Here’s a fact; many people today, “Christians”, struggle or have no desire to read their Bible. Could it be that some do not have a desire to read their bible and therefore grow deep in their faith because they are mimicking what they see around them? Could it be the lack of men bringing their bibles to church on Sunday’s is just one of the reasons their children are not reading theirs?
It’s been three months since I’ve taken notice of this situation and in the course of my pondering I had to ask. So I swallowed the lump of discomfort in my throat and began asking some men I know what they thought about the matter. And though I got many opinions as to the question why, there was one common thread among all of them. They all agreed that their families could easily be taught from this common practice among men today to think; “if my dad/ husband doesn’t need his bible then I don’t need mine.”
Guys, can I say this without getting lynched? Our families watch every move we make. Are we meditating on God’s Word day and night and being careful to do everything that is written in it? And do we talk about it in our homes with our children? Are we taking the time to teach our kids the importance of reading God’s Word in order to grow deep in their faith?
And so I’ve wondered, could it be?