On “WallBuilders Live” today, Rick Green and David Barton interviewed Frank Newport, author of the book “God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America.”
Following the discussion, Barton commented that the problem in America today is that while the vast majority of people consider themselves to be Christians, not enough are reading the Bible regularly and applying it to their daily lives.
After comparing the Bible to an owner’s manual for a car, Barton said that “the more religious you are, the better your health is” and suggested that instead of passing health care reform legislation, Congress should have passed legislation “calling on people to be more religious”:
Part of the problem we have is we’ve not shown then applicability. It’s like saying “why don’t you sit down and read the owner’s manual for your car.” They say “no way, if I need something, I’ll go there and get it” and so we wait until we think there’s a need but actually, if you read it ahead of time, you’ll find there’s a ton of stuff that applies before you get there. You’ll find when you read it that there’s a whole lot more features on your car than you knew about that helped you maximize … and so we have that same kind of mental hurdle to get over. People think, man, if I get in a crisis, I’ll go get this and read it. No, no, no, read it before you get in a crisis because it is going to apply to stuff you don’t even imagine right now and it will elevate and benefit your life.
And by the way, I thought it was really cool that he pointed out that the more religious your are, the better your health is. Now, instead of passing Obamacare, why didn’t we pass a bill calling on people to be more religious and therefore help health over all?
That’s the benefits of using God’s word and applying God’s word is it does provide tangible, measurable benefits not the least of which is health.