BALTIMORE -- Christians and Jews joined officials in Baltimore on Monday to commemorate National Bible Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Bible Association to raise national awareness of the importance and relevance of the Word of God.
Participants faced City Hall and read aloud from the Bible as the Maryland metropolis celebrated its status as this year's National Bible City.
The civic and religious leaders from all over the city came together to acknowledge that all men come under a higher authority and that the wisdom and knowledge of that authority can be found in the Bible.
Among them was City Council President Bernard Young, who thought the reading was a great idea.
"Anytime you want to offer prayer or read scriptures for the city, I mean that's what we need," Young said. "We have so much evil and violence in the world today."
Pastor Alvin Hathaway from the inner-city Union Baptist Church commenced the event with prayer. And Dr. Larry Nundy of the mayor's office began the scripture reading with a Psalm.
"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers," Young read from Psalms 1.
Why did he pick the first Psalm?
"Because I try to walk right, try to live right," Young said. "Not that I cross every 'T' and dot every 'I,' but I try to live up to this principle of walking Godly steps," Young added.
National Bible Association President Richard Glickstein said anyone can profit from what's in the Bible.
"It could be a roadmap concerning your finances, your marriage, your children, how you work," Glickstein said. "Every aspect of life is touched in it and gives us great wisdom about how to live life."