By now you’ve likely heard that tomorrow (October 3rd) is “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” our annual celebration designed to encourage kids to share God’s Word in a winsome and loving way, and to exercise their religious freedoms.
Beginning six years ago with 8,000 students participating, last year’s event saw over 650,000 young people representing all 50 states joining the national movement.
This year’s event hasn’t been without controversy.
Last month, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees elicited the ire of some liberals for endorsing the celebration. It seems some who preach inclusiveness took offense at his association with Focus on the Family. So much for two-way tolerance.
We’ve also heard from several students whose teachers or districts have balked at their participation, including from one family who wanted to set up a tent outside the school to hand out Bibles to arriving students.
In the past, most of these types of incidents resolve without litigation, but our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom are always quick to make available to school administrators the scope of students’ constitutional rights.
Given the state of today’s world, let alone some of our nation’s schools, we should never underestimate the power of the Bible to transform our besieged educational system.
Over the years, there have been many insightful observations about the Bible, but I have especially loved what former Focus on the Family board member Dr. Adrian Rogers once observed:
“The Scriptures are shallow enough for a babe to come and drink without fear of drowning,” he said. “And deep enough for theologians to swim in without ever reaching the bottom.”
Here are a few other favorite quotes concerning the power of God’s Holy Word:
“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” ―Augustine of Hippo
“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.”― Abraham Lincoln
“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”― D.L. Moody
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”― Charles H. Spurgeon
“The reason you don’t like the Bible, you old sinner, is because it knows all about you.”― Billy Sunday
“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” ― Soren Kierkegaard,
“Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”― Ronald Reagan
Please let me know if your son or daughter or grandchild will be participating tomorrow. And student, I’d love to hear directly from you! To find out more about the event – and to register — please go to bringyourbible.org.