For a long time, the center of Christianity in Europe was not Rome but Constantinople. In the Imperial Palace they placed a throne; a throne on which no one ever sat. On that empty throne they put a copy of the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. One wonders if it was only symbolic. Certainly all symbols and all symbolic acts have value, but the important thing is not where we put a copy of Scripture. It is whether or not we learn from it and live by it.

One Christian lady in the twentieth century always kept a Bible on her coffee table, and would never allow another book to be put on top of it. That's all right, provided the Bible also was at the top of her spiritual agenda. The teachings of Christ, and Christ Himself, should sit on the throne of every believer's heart.