19 Aug, 2022 Hiding God’s WORD in our Hearts
Biblical Advice/Opinion News
By Summer Lane
This week, Texas’ Dallas-Forth Worth’s Keller ISD made waves when it announced that the school district would be pulling all “challenged” books from their schools, including the Bible, per a report from Chron.
The expungement reportedly removed a graphic novel version of Anne Frank’s diary, and the Chron report cited that the reasoning for this roundup of “challenged” books was likely due to alleged issues related to gender, race and homosexuality (and possibly based on a previous inquiry and book list from Texas GOP Rep. Matt Krause).
Unsurprisingly, the Bible’s view on sex and gender likely clashes with the politically-correct philosophy of humanism espoused in the public school setting today. It should come as no surprise when the Bible is banned from classrooms or libraries, and the day is coming soon when the Holy Word of God will be labeled as “hate speech.”
The question, Christian, is whether we are prepared for that day or not.
The Bible is overwhelmingly clear that Christians will be persecuted – that’s just a given! 2 Timothy 3:12 says that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” In Matthew 5:11, Jesus says that, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”
Christians should expect that in this life, they will have trouble. The world hates the objective truth of God’s Word because it is convicting and powerful. “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
The Bible sets a moral standard that society must bow to. Mosaic law is the basis for our entire justice system – thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and so forth. Unfortunately, we live in a disastrously postmodern society that has overwhelmingly rejected not only the concept of standardized morality, but the very existence of God Himself.
According to a 2022 study from the Survey Center on American Life, more than one-third of Generation Z are religiously unaffiliated. As our youngest generation moves further from God and closer to the self-serving society of subjectivity, Christians can count on increasing persecution from their schools, their neighbors, and their own government.
Hiding God’s Word in your Heart
Psalm 119:11 beautifully states, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” In a world where the Bible itself is in danger of being removed in our censorship-happy culture, it is more important than ever before for Christians to read the Bible and “store” it up in their hearts. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
It is never too late to dig into the Bible and take its wisdom to heart. For parents, you might consider challenging your children to engage in weekly Bible memorization. For example, many churches across America participate in the AWANA Clubs program, where Biblical memorization is the core foundation of everything the kids do during their weekly meetings.
Memorization is just one facet of hiding God’s Word in your heart. For children, it is helpful to start them young, because their minds will be filled with the power and truth of God’s wisdom even from their littlest years.
For the busy adult who is overwhelmed with the idea of “sitting down” and reading the Bible, try listening to a Bible app while you’re washing dishes or ferrying your children to and from sports practices.
Our lives our busy – but our lives are also temporary.
God’s Word is eternal and unchanging, and filling ourselves up with Scripture will not only protect us from the attacks of spiritual enemies – but it will prepare us for facing a day when, perhaps, the Bible is no longer as handily available to us as it has always been.
The opinions in this article are specific to its author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the entire Counter Culture Mom team.
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Summer Lane is the #1 bestselling author of 30 books, including the hit Collapse Series and Resurrection Series. She is an experienced journalist and columnist who reports on news within the U.S. and abroad. Additionally, she analyzes politics and policies in weekly op/Eds on The Write Revolution.
Summer is also a mom and wife who enjoys rural country living, herding cats, and gardening. She is passionate about writing about women’s issues, parenting, and politics from a theologically-grounded perspective that points readers to the good news of the gospel.
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