David Lee Brown
The Gideon Placed Bible
The Gideons International has been placing Bibles in hotels and Motels since the early 1900s. It has been commonplace to just assume that a Bible would be in every hotel room. Unfortunately, that is changing. I was on a recent trip to California. The room was beautiful and full of drawers. A person could bring clothes to last a month and still have room for vacation purchases. But, there was no Bible. I'm sure you can guess the reasons why, but I'm going to go ahead and share my thoughts about this trend.
The Gideon Placed Bible Rejection
The world is rejecting the Bible. If not in whole, at least in part. Even Christians are picking and choosing what parts of the Bible are relevant and irrelevant in today's society. Unfortunately, they fail to realize that God NEVER changes. So, His Holy Bible, the full counsel of God is relevant always. Without regard to societal changes and norms. The Bible, in it's entirety is always relevant. But, people are treating it and what is said within it, as suggestions or optional philosophical ideas. While actually it's the perfect, inspired Word of God. Socially thinking, the more liberal your thought processes, the less you comply with Biblical precepts and commandments.
The Gideon Placed Bible Availability
Many hotels and motels have restricted Bibles to the front desk. You must leave your room venture to the front desk and ask for a Bible. In other places Bibles in rooms or hotels are banned outright, which I think is the case for California but I'm not sure. Other locations have Bibles readily available in the rooms. So, you can no longer assume that a Bible will be in the room. Also, in Mormon owned hotels, the Bible is either placed with the book of Mormon or the book of Mormon replaces the Bible. This trend is very disconcerting. Gone are the days that you can count on Bibles in every room. But if you are in a hotel and there is no Bible in the room, go to the front desk and ask or even insist that you have a Bible that you can have in your room for your stay.
The Gideon Placed Bible
Don't let this long standing tradition and service disappear. I specifically say service because we have innumerable testimonials that have been sent in to The Gideons International Headquarters. They speak of the presence of the Bible in the room or a few verses read while staying in the room accomplishing amazing things. For instance, stopping people from committing adultery, suicide, murder, fornication, leaving their spouse, and many other things. The presence of the Bible is like a moral compass that leads to better choices. Speak up! Ask for your Gideon placed Bible. Or, in a pinch, any Holy Bible.