About a month ago, a group of men in the Gideons, the organization that places Bibles in hotel rooms, traveled to Penn State University where they distributed over 7,000 copies of the New Testament to students on the campus. Unfortunately, the Gideons are not welcome on the Bucknell University campus. They have to distribute the New Testaments on nearby streets because they are barred from the campus.
Bucknell University, like many of America's universities, has a rich biblical Christian heritage. Its first President was also pastor of the Baptist Church. The special relationship that Bucknell has with Burma (Myanmar) began when Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson sent the first international students to the campus from that country where he ministered.
Many Bucknell professors and administrators today may think they have become too smart for the simple message of the Gospel. They no longer need God or the Bible. But what if the Bible is right? It declares, "Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him." (Proverbs 26:20)
If a Gideon offers you a copy of the best-selling book of all time, why not take a copy and read it? It has been around long before any of its critics and will still be around to call people to Christ long after the current university professors and administrators are just faint memories of the past. Maybe someday they will even welcome the Gideons back on the Bucknell campus.
Pastor Glen Bayly
Mifflinburg Alliance Church