I have pondered the possibility that the Christian Bible may one day be banned for a number of decades now. While I won't completely rule out this possibility, I honestly don't think that it is going to happen any time soon.
For one thing, if this were to occur in the not-too-distant future, if we consider how many people still view the Bible as the inspired Word of God -- at least in the USA, at least -- think of the magnitude of the social backlash which would result from taking such a drastic action. We are talking about millions of angry citizens. I don't think that the government is prepared to deal with, or is even interested in dealing with, so great a problem. It already has enough problems on its plate.
Second, the American government cannot possibly ban the Bible, unless it is likewise willing to outlaw all other holy books and sacred writings as well. Why? Well, because to do so would be a clear-cut case of discrimination against one group of people, meaning Christians. Imagine the political ramifications and the legal nightmare which would ensue if such a ban were to occur.
At this current time, in the USA at least, banning the Bible would be a very foolish political move as well. Why? Because the Conservative Right already has the Christian voting bloc in its pocket. So why change that comfy, cozy relationship by upsetting the apple cart? It is just not going to happen. No conservative-minded politician would ever support such a move to outlaw the Christian Bible.
But there is another reason why I feel this way; and it should be a wakeup call for a lot of people. What need is there to ban the Bible? Was it necessary to ban the Bible in order to legalize abortion? No. Was it necessary to ban the Bible before gay and lesbian pastors, priests and ministers were accepted in some of the churches? No. Was it necessary to ban the Bible before some of the states began legalizing same-sex "marriage"? No.
In short, the things which we Christians detest and view as a sin are already being done, and will continue to be done, even without the Bible ever being banned. Abortions will continue. The churches will continue to become more liberal. More states will continue to legalize same-sex "marriage".
Rather than concern ourselves with the Bible being banned, I think that a greater concern is the fact that over the past fifty years, social attitudes in the United States -- and no doubt elsewhere as well -- have become increasingly liberal. At this current time, we are without a doubt witnessing the most liberal generation which the nation has ever seen. The difference in attitudes between so-called "baby boomers" and their children is mind-boggling. I find it alarming. Those of you who have raised children of your own during this time frame will know exactly what I am talking about.
When I was a young boy growing up, there was zero cussing on the television set. Actors were always dressed modestly. Any form or suggestion of sexual promiscuity was nonexistent, at least in the TV shows that we were permitted to watch. If a white man were to date a black woman, it would still cause eyes to turn in disapproval. While homosexuality obviously existed back then just as it does now, the notion of same-sex "marriage", or openly gay and lesbian individuals serving in the priesthood would never have been imagined, and much less tolerated.
How far we have come since those days. How low we have gone. What an abomination we have become in the eyes of the Lord. The tragedy is that I am convinced that we have not yet hit rock bottom. I believe that the only reason why this has not happened yet, is because conservative attitudes still remain strong in both government and in American society in general. But that bulwark of conservatism is slowly but surely being eroded, as is clearly evidenced by the developments of recent decades. As our children begin to come into their own, and take the reins of leadership, what will it mean? What should we expect for the nation?
I wish that I could say that all will be well. However, given the current trends and prevalent attitudes, personally, I am simply not convinced of this. Whether the Bible is banned or not, unless attitudes suddenly change, within a generation or two, the United States may no longer be what we once knew as children. It will be something else. It will be a place where I personally would not want to live. It may very well be just another Sodom and Gomorrah; and we all know what happened to those two cities. It is up to our children to stop it before it is too late.