Aliteracy – Pt2
Yesterday we talked about the damaging effects of an aliterate culture—where people can read, but don’t. Lured by an image-saturated and lust-craving media, without realizing it, Christians are amusing themselves to death. Not only is reading at an all-time low, but Bible knowledge among youth has decreased from 72% in the 1970s to just 4% in the late 1990s. The early founders of our nation understood the weight of their responsibility in regard to training their children to be studiers of the Word. In 1647, Massachusetts passed a law which they called The Old Deluder Satan act. Portions of it read as follows,
“It being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures . . . It is therefore ordered that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to fifty households shall forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read.”
The founders took the threat of illiteracy seriously. One can only shudder to consider what their reaction would have been to aliteracy. As a remnant people in a land of darkness and despair, now more than ever, we must take heed to the words of Joshua, who commanded, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
It is said that George Mueller read the Bible from cover to cover over 200 times between the ages 71 to 92. I believe that he understood that before he could feed others, he needed first to be filled himself.
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