Benefits of Living in a City that “Embraces the Bible”

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)

Asheville ranks among the most “Bible-minded” cities in America. Actually, the region from Asheville to Greenville/Spartanburg South Carolina ranks 7th. “Bible minded” people, according to the American Bible Society, have read the bible within the past seven days and agree strongly in the accuracy of the Bible.

A similar study by Gallup ranked the immediate Asheville metropolitan area as the 70th “most religious” area among 189 surveyed in America. For people in the “most religious” cities, religion is an important part of their daily life, and they attend religious services every week or almost every week.

Why is this important?

Well, it’s been said that when Jesus calls us to follow him, he calls us to journey with others. Christian spirituality is not a solitary matter. To journey with others is the joy of spiritual friendship and fellowship.

It’s joyful to be on a flight and openly talk about Jesus with the person next to you. Just a month ago on a flight from Houston to Charlotte (#48 and #21 on Gallup’s list) I spoke for an hour with a young man coming home from a mission. Among other things, we prayed for his ailing mom. On a flight from Charlotte to Asheville I once discussed free will with a pastor. So much fun!

When you come together, each one has a song, has a lesson, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all these things be done for the strengthening of the church. (1 Corinthians 14:26)

At Reuters YMCA, my Zoomba class is enriched because the instructor inserts a Christian song between the Latin beats. Later, in another room, a woman openly asks for prayer for a sick friend.

Small things? Maybe. But these are just a few examples of a day in the life of a relocated north-easterner. It’s heartening and fun to live where the Bible matters.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)