There's a new campaign aimed at increasing biblical awareness around the globe — one that its organizers are hoping will help combat some of the negative situations unfolding around the world.
The National Bible Association's "International Day of the Bible," a worldwide initiative scheduled for November 24, is encouraging people to pause for a few minutes at 12 p.m. in their respective time zones to read, sing or creatively express their favorite Bible verses.
From art to music to spoken word, fans of the Bible are invited to join the National Bible Association, the American Bible Society and YouVersion, among other partners, in sharing their love for the gospel with their family, friends and the world at large.
Anyone can participate in the initiative by simply reading Bible verses with those closest to them or by taking a moment to personally commemorate the holy book.
But the National Bible Association is also encouraging public displays like flash mobs, paintings and other endeavors that illustrate participants' love for the Bible — works that they can share on social media along with the hashtag #BibleCelebration on November 24.
While national events similar to this one have been held in the past, Richard Glickstein, president of the National Bible Association, told TheBlaze that this is the first time that his organization has launched an international "Day of the Bible."
"Our organization was started in 1940 to give people hope with regard to the situation at the time in Europe with the Nazis, the fascists and the communists," he said. "Americans were very concerned and somewhat hopeless … the business leaders who started the organization wanted people to read the bible to encourage them."
Today, with the rise of the Islamic State and oft-times dismal news across the nation and the globe, Glickstein is hoping to inspire people to read the Bible — a book he says offers solutions and wisdom.
"It will help you through," he said. "We hope that this little pebble that we throw in the pond will help to further bring to our nation and world a sense of hope and encouragement. Our world needs it."
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In addition to the campaign, the National Bible Association chose Oklahoma City as the "National Bible City" for 2014, which means that there will be physical events unfolding there on November 24, including a Christian concert and a public Bible reading in the state capitol.
There's also a scholarship program that high school and college students can apply for in the state — one that Glickstein hopes will inspire young people to more deeply consider their purpose in life.
Find out more about the "International Day of the Bible" here.