“Are Christians Still a People of the Book?”

John at Dead Theologians Society asks why Christians don’t read more, especially when it comes to their Bibles:

Based on some people’s reactions, I almost feel apologetic sometimes asking people to read the Bible during the week! As a culture, we are losing our ability to be ‘good readers’ and with that, a commitment to read the Bible. That cannot be good! So, what are we to do? Perhaps some suggestions are in order? Make reading a priority in your life. If you want to get good at something, you have to practice it. Reading is no different. I hear people all the time say to me, ‘but I am not a strong reader!” Well, you can correct that by reading more often…. Understand the priority the Bible gives to the Bible—especially reading it. The Kings of Israel were required to read the Law closely enough to make their own hand-written copy (Deut 17:18-20). This makes sense, after all how can one lead a people by something he has never read? Paul also writes to Timothy and tells him to think over what he writes (2 Tim 2:7). This implies he has read Paul’s words and should do so over and over again…. Parents, read with your kids and to your kids. Study after study has shown that the biggest influence on making children readers is having parents who encourage them to read. Read lots of things with them - everything from Dr. Seuss to the Bible.