I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
— Psalm 119:11
According to Barna research, over 85% of American households own a Bible. Even the majority (62%) of Antagonistic and Skeptic (67%) households own a Bible (Barna, State of the Bible, 2017). The question remains, Do we read the Bible? As we have been witnessing at The Well, persecution of “illegal house churches” are continuing in China. To make matters worse, the government is mandating the installation of HD surveillance cameras in their government-sanctioned Three-Self churches. As a result, many Chinese Christians are imprisoned for their faith. Attending an underground seminary can result in a three-year prison sentence. An American Pastor, Wayne Cordeiro, shared an experience he had in China as he was there to train Christian leaders. Imprisoned believers are memorizing Scripture passages smuggled to them on small pieces of paper because the government “can’t take what’s hidden in your heart.” A woman who had recited 2 Peter 1 from memory at Cordeiro’s seminar said, “In prison, you have much time in prison … [Because the prison guards confiscate the Bible] we memorize it as fast as we can because even though they can take the paper away, they can’t take what’s hidden in your heart.” The Well Church, we have the opposite problem in America. Even though we have many copies of the Bible, many of us do not read it nor commit it to memory because we have not given Scripture the attention it deserves. Proverbs 30:5 states, “Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” The Word of God is trustworthy! As we pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, let us model after their faith. Let us make room for God by spending time with Him through reading Scripture and committing it to memory.