Do you know people who download Facebook more than they read the Bible? (share if you agree)

You might have missed the news that, according to Associated Press, more American adults download Facebook daily than read the Bible. The article also quotes a 2006 CBS News poll which found “15 percent of U.S. adults read the Bible or other religious texts daily”. Should we be surprised that fewer than one out of six adults read the Bible? I’m not, because that lines up with what I discovered in my research for Point to Reading about how few people like to read, in general. As discussed in the PTR book, people don’t read for these two main reasons:

  1. Two out of three Americans never become proficient at reading;
  2. The way we teach reading is so unpleasant that people give up on it while very young.

In regards to the state of reading in America, many people suggest the problem is video games and smart phones. There is a problem with that belief because this country had a reading problem long before video gaming and smart phones existed. A couple decades back, it was TV that was the culprit. Before TV existed, what caused our literacy problem? Radio? This news bite was announced on Facebook’s tenth birthday, as if to suggest that it means something. Instead this story reminds me of John Lennon’s comment in the 1960’s that the Beatles had become more popular than Jesus. Seems to me that little has truly changed in fifty years.

Do you want to do something about it?

If you happen to be in the minority group, the one out of six, that reads the Bible and believes it has value for our society and for the future of this country, what are you going to do about it? Do we stand by, shaking our heads at the foolishness of our culture? A quick read of Matthew 28, especially the last part that talks about “making disciples” and “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you”, and you might consider you have already been called to do something about it. “Point to Reading the Bible” comes out next week. It’s a short read–only 30 pages. Pick up a copy and find someone to disciple in Bible-reading.

Front Cover - PTR the Bible (Copy)

Henry Skinner-Larsen is the author of Point to Reading , the PTR Jumpstart Manual, and Point to Reading the Bible. The principles of Point to Reading™ are  based on the belief that our children are smarter than we imagine and can learn way faster than we allow. We can best help our children by building a love of reading in them through a one-to-one relationship. The key is locking in the love of reading while they are still young, and before any number of challenges can steal it from them. http://www.pointtoreading.com

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