And then two notable events occurred that brought about wholesale change. The first was the invention of the moveable type printing press by the German printer and publisher, Johannes Gutenberg (AD 1439). The second event was the Protestant Reformation led by the German monk and professor of theology, Martin Luther (AD 1517).
The Protestants believed that people should be able to read the Bible for themselves in their native language. They also started the idea of mass-education which provided the opportunity for the general public to learn how to read. So the Bible translators went to work. The printing presses began producing countless copies of the Bible, and people began to read the Word of God for themselves.
The result was a spiritual and cultural revolution of seismic proportions. The words of Isaiah 9:2 come to mind, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” These and other developments quickly ushered the world out of the Dark Ages into the incredible period of history known as the Renaissance (lit., new birth).
History teaches us that when people are kept in the dark and held in a state of ignorance, bad things happen. Even the Word of God states, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). So read! Start with the Bible and then add good books to your repertoire that will feed your mind and soul. If you don’t love to read, learn to love it. In this month where we have talked so much about priorities, add this one to your list – the priority of reading.
Pastor Todd Weston