Once upon a time, but not so long ago, people had to smuggle Bibles and Christian literature into Eastern Europe and what was then the Soviet Union; border guards would ask travelers if they possessed any "guns, drugs, pornography, or Bibles"; and entire villages shared one copy of Holy Scripture, carefully tearing out pages and passing them around from family to family. On one occasion in the 1980s, an old Romanian man wept and hugged the person who had just delivered a stack of Bibles to their underground church, protected by night's cloak from the watching eyes of secret police.
Patricia Anders (MA, MFA, Chapman University) is managing editor of Modern Reformation magazine.
Issue: "Recovering Scripture" Jan./Feb. 2010 Vol. 19 No. 1 Page number(s): 26, 34
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