Ashley Despain now holds a dubious, ignominious distinction. Visiting an inmate in a Nevada, Missouri, jail, Ashley tried to sneak him marijuana and methamphetamines by sticking them into the binding of a Bible. Officials say they have seen many ways used to smuggle drugs to prisoners, but it’s the first time the Bible was the means chosen.
As incredible (and audacious) as that sounds, Ashley was not the first to misuse the Bible. How many have used the Bible as a means of enriching themselves? Peter spoke of false teachers who exploited listeners with false words out of greed ( 2 Peter 2:3).
How many have used the Bible as a means of defending personal sin or a sinful lifestyle?
How many have used the Bible as a billy club to pound others?
How many have used the Bible to peddle some false doctrine? Peter experienced that, too (2 Peter 3:16).
How many have used the Bible to manipulate and control others? Jesus warned against that very thing (Matthew 23:4).
How many have used the Bible to tempt others into disobeying God? That’s literally a satanic ploy (cf. Matthew 4:6).
None of us will probably try to smuggle drugs with a Bible. But, let’s be sure to “accurately" handle it (2 Timothy 2:15).