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From: Forthright Magazine <forthright@...>
Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 16:05:37 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Reality Check

The One Book
by Stan Mitchell

"I will put my law in their minds and write it on
their hearts. I will be their God, and they will
be my people" (Jeremiah 31:33).

Quickly, now. Your house is burning. You see the
flames rising into the sky. Your wife and children
are safe. Then someone tells you you can enter the
house and take out <i>one item</i>. What would you
grab?

Your answer says a lot about you!

You might respond: "This is a church bulletin, so
I'm supposed to say, 'The Bible.' That would prove
my priorities were in the right place. Now, where
was it, high up in the kid's cupboard? In the
attic with grandma's things? Under all those back
issues of National Geographic?"

Someone asked Franklin Roosevelt what one book he
would place in the hands of every Russian citizen.
Do you know what book he suggested? It says a lot
about our culture!

There was a time when people came to this country,
not for monetary gain, but for the privilege to
worship and serve God according to their own
convictions. Back then our president might have
said: "Give those British (or Prussians, or
French) a Bible!"

America stands for a lot of commendable things --
freedom and hard work, democracy and opportunity.
So what did Roosevelt want all Russians to have?
The complete works of Thomas Jefferson? Abraham
Lincoln? The Bible?

Roosevelt's answer was ... the Sears and Roebuck
catalogue.

What does that say about "us"? Is it accurate? Is
that truly what we stand for? Wouldn't you like to
change that? You can, by putting a Bible in your
hands and placing its precepts in your heart.

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