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Dwight A. George, Frisco

I wonder if conduct or content is at the heart of the Bible distribution brouhaha. As for conduct, Christians share the Bible with others. This is a core value, part of who they are, part of what they do. The distribution at Summit High School was peaceful, complimentary, and without compulsion. No Bible recipient was compelled to accept the gift. Under these circumstances, any objection flies the flag of intolerance and stands as a foe of freedom.What about content? The Bible teaches people to love others – both allies and enemies. It promotes healthy relationships. It encourages industry and a good work ethic. It nurtures social responsibility. It extols education. It advocates physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It commends selflessness and condemns selfishness. It rewards good stewardship of resources and rebukes wastefulness and sloth. If some people object to Bible distributions because of content, I wonder what values, if any, they do support.One of the Ancients wrote, “We often despise what is most useful to us.” Well-adjusted, productive, responsible individuals are useful to us. A free, civilized, conscientious society is useful to us. A book that helps build both is very useful to us all. Some people despise the Bible for being a hard pill to swallow. Actually, it is good medicine.


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