I don’t know if you are familiar with the history of the Pony Express. The Pony Express ran from Saint Joseph, Missouri to San Francisco, California. That is a distance of 1966 miles. The trip was made in around ten days. The fastest trip ever made was seven days and 17 hours and the rider was carrying Lincoln’s Inaugural Address. Forty men were normally used to make the trip. The Express had 500 of the best horses money could buy. The riders could not weigh over 125 pounds and orphans were preferred. The Pony Express even had a special saddle made for the trip. It was thin and light weight. The Pony Express tried to do everything they could to keep weight at a minimum. A special thin paper was used for writing letters and postage was $10 per ounce. You may be wondering what all of this has to do with Bible-toting people.
The fact is, even with all the concerns about weight, the owners of the Pony Express gave each rider a full-sized Bible that he was expected to carry with him on every trip. Oh, how we need Bible-totin’ and Bible quotin’ Christians today. Just as there was a famine in the land of Israel during the days of Amos; there is a famine in the land of America today. Amos wrote, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12). Certainly America is not in the exact circumstance that Amos spoke about, but we recognize that there is a famine of hearing the true Word of God today. What a difference we would see in America today if everyone practiced the Golden Rule as taught by Jesus Christ, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matt. 7:12). If everyone treated our fellow man in this fashion what a drastic change we would see take place. Divorces would vanish! Child abuse would disappear. Sin would fade away. America could be great once again!
So, what is the remedy? Exactly what the title of this article is talking about, we need Bible-totin’ and Bible quotin’ Christians. We need preachers who, as Paul instructed, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Tim. 4:2).
PS: The idea for this article came from brother Jim Dearman who works with TRUTH FOR THE WORLD. Their website is: “http://www.tftw.org/” Brother Dearman’s message was from a “minute message.”