I’ve occasionally heard jokes about Gideon Bibles found in hotels. Wow, that Gideon guy really gets around, placing a Bible in all of my hotel rooms. Ha ha. Well, those days may be coming to an end. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible you will find worthless nick knacks — disposable items of our throwaway culture. Instead of a drawer of inspiration and a path to being born again and saved by Jesus Christ, you will be faced with a junk drawer and a void in your heart.
The latest fad with some hotels is to replace their Bibles with “intimacy kits.” For instance, at New York City’s trendy Soho Grand Hotel guests can enjoy a gourmet mini-bar, an iPod, a flat-screen TV and even the company of a complimentary pet goldfish. But no Bible.
What’s next? A package of sex toys and condoms? Think I’m kidding. Sadly not.
Parent company Accor Hotels decided to replace the Gideon Bibles with “intimacy kits.” For Accor, providing travelers with sexual paraphernalia is more important than the Bible. Accor Hotels owns several chains including: Motel 6, Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap, Formule 1.
It’s yet another sign that our culture is falling apart and slouching towards Sodom. Let hotel chains know you want them to keep stocking a Gideon’s bible. Weary travellers need inspiration and the Word of G-d, not useless junk and depravity. Save Gideon’s Bible. He’ll keep the light on for you.