Just a short walk from the Capitol, the new museum is an impressive structure. It is six floors and 430,000 square feet -- the size of six of our Allen Family Student Centers.
The second floor theme is the "Impact of the Bible." The significant influence of the Bible reaches nearly every aspect of life. I stopped to linger at an exhibit urging visitors to consider how the Bible informs work.
Video testimonies include a fashion designer discussing the Bible's inspiration, a fireman and a physician testifying to the impact of the Bible on their professional practice. The exhibit also includes the video testimonies of three businessmen who describe their objective to operate Bible-based firms.
The museum also teaches visitors that many of today's universities were originally established to train clergymen and to teach the Bible; the most notable being Harvard, founded in 1636 where knowledge of the Bible was considered essential to higher education. A video map of the globe notes on every continent "many universities established on the teachings of the Bible."
As is expected in our polarized society, the museum has been criticized by many. It is not "Christian" enough for some, and it is too "evangelical" for others. For me, the massive $500 million museum challenges everyone to take the Bible more seriously while giving people of faith an opportunity to cherish this gift from God. I had the privilege to meet the museum's founder, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, and congratulate him on a job well done.
Now that the Bible has an appropriate museum, let's not allow this inspired word of God to become a relic of the past. In our faithful daily work here at LETU, we continue to demonstrate that the Bible is the foundation of a higher education. What a joy to be part of a university where students continue to learn that the Bible informs the way we see our professional work. The influence of the Bible is very much alive at LeTourneau University.
"Let him read in it all his life, so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God..." (Deuteronomy 17:19)