Why GQ Is Wrong: The Bible is a Must-Read

by Sean McDowell

GQ recently posted an article titled, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” It includes many classics such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. And it also includes the Bible.

It would be easy to criticize this post. And I will below. But it’s worth pondering some truth in the opening lines of the section on the Bible:

“The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it.” Ouch. Sadly, there is some truth in this. It is not lost on the wider world that we Christians often fail to read and live by the words of Scripture.

Rather than responding with anger at GQ for including the Bible in this list, our first response should be one of self-reflection: Do we fail to live what we claim to believe? Do we really read and study Scripture? How can the church mature so that claims like this fall on deaf ears? Let’s remove the plank from our own eye first.

Nevertheless, it really is crazy that the editors of GQ (not a guest writer or an op-ed, by the way)—chose the Bible for this list. After all, the Bible is the most influential book ever written. Period.

Even people who don’t believe the Bible is inspired must honestly recognize it has influenced western civilization more than any literary work in history. Let me say it again, to be sure it sinks in: The Bible has shaped western civilization more than any book ever written. No other book even comes close.

Consider a few examples…


Why GQ Is Wrong: The Bible is a Must-Read