People’s memories are faulty. And because of “faulty memory syndrome,” oral stories change as they are passed from one generation to the next. But God’s Word is not meant to change. That’s where literacy comes in.
Literacy Preserves God’s Word
“We are hugely privileged in the fact that we are taught how to read at a very young age,” wrote Bryan and Martha Conard, former staff members at Ethnos360 Bible Institute who are currently studying at Ethnos360’s Missionary Training Center in Missouri, to be church planters in a cross-cultural setting.
Imagine for a moment being illiterate. Imagine not being able to read God’s Word for yourself. Imagine never being able to say with confidence, “thus saith the Lord.”
That confidence dissipates yet more when you realize that you are relying on truths pulled from the archives of your great-grandfather’s not-so-perfect memory.
Now stop and consider that for some people this is their reality.
That’s why Bryan says that the written Word of God is “an exceedingly precious gift from God that is tangible and necessary for life.” And being able to read it is a huge plus!
A Literate Church
We want to see people groups reached with the gospel message. We want them to have the privilege of reading and studying God’s Word for themselves. And we want them passing the written Word of God on to future generations, unchanged by faulty memories.
That’s why literacy classes are taking place around the world. Pray for a literate church.