Dear Christian, Be a Reader
I once read (ironically) that only 20% of the population actively and regularly reads. I’ll bet it’s less now.
Reading is different than anything else. Listening to things and watching things is great, but it is passive. Nothing engages you like reading. You use your eyes, imagination, and all corners of the mind. It’s introspective and cathartic.
>Nothing causes you to learn like reading.
I know I sound like an old-timer on this—like this is something gramps would say. That’s fine with me. I’ll take it. I love being grouped with the old wisdom of the seasoned generation. The fact is, this is true. There’s something about reading that becomes part of who you are.
>If there’s anyone that should be reading, it’s Christians.
Our whole culture revolves around Scripture. (You know, THE BIBLE!) Obviously, read the Bible, but also take in the reflections, experience, and studies of others. Read the inspiration of others, fiction, nonfiction, history, and news. And if you are rooted in the Word, you will be able to sift through and discern both Christian and non-Christian content. And don’t think that just because someone is a Christian, what they write is necessarily Biblically accurate or inspired, including Jason T. Berggren (that’s me!).
>Reading can literally increase you intelligence.
There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that read. And those that don’t. Be a reader. Be a Barean.
“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”-Acts 17:11, NIV