„What Trump did on the steps of St. Johns is what most pastors around the country remind their congregations not to do. The Bible will be as useful to you displayed on the fire mantle as it will when held aloft outside a church. Jesus himself warns against this in Matthew 6, cautioning to “beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them.”
In other words, God is not pleased when we use the Bible as an ornament to be seen by others.
Rather, the power of the Bible is in the story that it tells. More than just 66 books and over 1000 individual narratives, the Bible is one cohesive story about how God has reconciled us to Himself through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
It is not a talisman that bestows godliness by proximity or demands our political fealty to the bearer. To use it as such represents a profound miscalculation about its Author.”