What would you do if laws were passed that suddenly banned Christianity?
Today, we have God’s word available to us in many many forms: Bibles, audio Bibles, online sermons, etc. We can buy audio Bibles to listen to while we work or at home. We have the freedoms that others wished they had, but most Americans take it for granted. What if those freedoms were one suddenly taken away. What if the government decided to outlaw Christianity? Many countries do (see a list here). What if we got to a point where we are forced to turn over our Bibles to be burned and replaced with some false religion? It’s not like that hasn’t happened before either.
We should be studying God’s word regularly and taking advantage of the opportunities we have to learn (and share) God’s Word. The Lord’s prayer says to “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11) – Jesus was the “bread of life” (John 6:35). When we pray The Lord’s prayer, we aren’t asking only to be fed physically; we are also asking to be fed spiritually. Job said it best… “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). In other words, even though physical nourishment is necessary, God’s word is more important.
Our society is under attack and one day the freedoms we share today more than likely will be taken away at least to some degree. Sermons and discussions about Christ could be banned on the internet. We could even be some day executed for studying God’s word. If it ever gets to that point, we’d look back and regret the days wasted watching sinful television shows, listening to sinful music on the radio, etc. when we could have been using that precious gift of time more wisely.
I’m not saying you have to be a fanatic. I’m saying don’t treat your spiritual growth like you can take it or leave it. Don’t get your priorities twisted; first and foremost, we should be serving God. Don’t let anything get in the way of your spiritual growth. Don’t let anything get in the way of fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. Take advantage of the opportunities that you have to study God’s Word because one day the freedom to do so could be taken away.