Read a banned book
() - October 3, 2009 - 12:00am

Write . . . all the words that I have spoken to you . . . that everyone may turn from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. — Jeremiah 36:2-3

The American Library Association has designated this week as Banned Books Week in celebration of the freedom to read and to express one’s opinion “even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.”

The Bible is the all-time bestselling book, but in some parts of the world it is banned because it’s considered dangerous. The Bible is dangerous, however, only to those who fear finding out that they are wrong. It’s dangerous to those who exploit the weak and the innocent, who use force to keep others enslaved in poverty and ignorance, who don’t want to give up their favorite sin, who believe that salvation can be found apart from Christ.

No one wants to be told they are wrong. No one wants to hear that their behavior is putting themselves and those they love in danger or that God’s patience will eventually wear out. Yet that was the message God told Jeremiah to write (Jer. 36:2). When His message was read to King Jehoiakim, the king cut up the scroll and threw it into the fire (v. 23).

The only way to know we are right is to be willing to discover where we are wrong. Read the all-time bestselling banned book, and let it reveal to you the truth about God — and about yourself.                                     — Julie Ackerman Link

Lord Jesus, show Thyself to me

In every truth and deed;

Help me to find, O Christ, in Thee,

More than my deepest need.      — Clarkson

READ: Jer. 36:8, 21-26

The Bible shows us a picture of who we really are.

The Bible in one year:

• Jeremiah 13-15

• Proverbs 2:1-11

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