Every year, our team at Cooke Media Group has the incredible opportunity to work with churches around the world. In that process, we’re regularly on location visiting wonderful Sunday services of all kinds – traditional, contemporary, and everything in between. However, one big area of concern I see is how few church members bring their Bibles on Sunday morning. I’m looking for any format – print, phone, iPad – but I’m amazed at how many long time church members show up with no Bible whatsoever.
It was such a concern that Jonathan Bock and I included some interesting statistics in our recent book “The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get it Back.” In the book we site results from some of the largest research firms in the country and found:
• Only 19% of churchgoing Christians read the Bible daily.
• Only 25% of churchgoing Christians read the Bible “a few times” a week.
• And 40% of churchgoing Christians read the Bible “once a month, rarely or never.”
As we say in the book:
That last number: ouch! Can you imagine those statistics applying to other fields? Executives who don’t care to know the data on their business, car mechanics who don’t read manuals, teachers who don’t read textbooks, or doctors who rarely consult the medical literature?
We would be horrified.
Yet when it comes to the primary book informing us about the God of the universe, His remarkable and unfolding plan for our lives, and our eternal destiny, Christians think so little of it that we read it only when it’s convenient.
We wonder why Christianity continues to lose credibility in the world, and one of the biggest reasons appears every Sunday morning when Christians don’t even value scripture enough to bring it, read it and study it.
I encourage you to try it. Research from the Center for Bible Engagement revealed that regular Bible reading actually causes visual behavioral changes in your life. And while you’re at it – pick up a copy of our book “The Way Back.” It will give you even more insight on why Christianity continues to lose ground, and hopefully inspire you to start making a difference.