Stuck With a Book

What would you be caught reading?

By Don Ruhl

“Do you read banned books?” was the title of an article in the “Under 21” section of the Grants Pass, Oregon, Daily Courier on October 17, 2007.

In the “Quick Quotes” sidebar that accompanied the article, the teen reporter asked students at Grants Pass High School this question, “If you were going to be stuck on a desert island with just one book, which one would it be?”

The Answers 

That was a good thought-provoking question.

Two of the six students answered, “The Bible.” Are there teenagers that make us shake our heads? Yes, even as some of us, or our classmates, made adults shake their heads. However, there are many, perhaps, more who make us nod our heads.

Unfortunately, the few evil ones we hear about in the news, but the ones who work hard and do what they should do, do not make the news. Why do we not hear about them? Is it because no one reports on them or do we just focus on the bad?

Do you remember the eight things Paul told us to think on in Philippians 4? Do you make an effort to obey the Holy Spirit in that passage? The Daily Courier article qualified for perhaps all eight of the things Paul listed in this text, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Phi 4.8).

Do you believe that teenagers in a public high school, who are willing to confess publicly that the one book they want to be stuck with reading, is the Bible is something:

  1. True?
  2. Noble?
  3. Just?
  4. Pure?
  5. Lovely?
  6. Of good report?
  7. Virtuous?
  8. Praiseworthy?

If you do, the Spirit told you what to do in the last four words of that verse, “meditate on these things.” Think on the report of these teens rather than the reports we hear of the bad things that happen. Remember, when you hear of evil done by a teen, he or she does not represent the whole.

Now the question is for you: “If you were going to be stuck on a desert island with just one book, which one would it be?”

I think that on this Bible web site, we do not need public confessions. What else are you going to say? So, the two real confessions that count here, are the ones you just made in your heart and whether you read the Bible daily or not.

If you do not read it daily now, why would you take it to a desert island? Luke 16 reveals a principle that shows that what we do in the small things, or in this case, the daily things, is what we will do in the large things, or in this case, that grand thing on an island, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much” (Luk 16.10).

What do your thoughts reveal? What do your daily habits reveal?

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