Sunday Rest and Reflection–Religion in 2009!
“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” Judges 21:25
As we have read through this book of Judges, I am impressed with how much this book describes our contemporary culture and the world view of secular humanism that is so prevalent. When people have no king or supreme authority in their life, they end up being the authority themselves. The result is catastrophic! Society becomes full of sin, immorality, and rebellion. That’s all that is in the human heart apart from God’s grace! Let’s think about these records from history we have just read.
First, without strong leadership to keep the people focused on the Lord and His Word, people always drift into evil and rebellion. Our land has lacked leadership morally. Men have forsaken their job of training children and mentoring younger men. Women have had to take leadership and responsibility for providing for families because men are not stepping up and the children have suffered from lack of parenting. The home is broken down and idolatry has replaced the family altar and accountable relationships in the family. Each person is seeking self-fulfillment in ways that are harmful to godly relationships. Our land has drifted into sexual immorality and personal spirituality that more often than not does not have a biblical base. In Scripture, idolatry and immorality always go together! The parents end up letting the children choose what they want, thinking that this is best. How can a sinner choose what is best when they have no “king” but self?
In the time of Judges, the ministry of the priesthood was also corrupt. Ministers were often hirelings. It is often true today that the same thing is true of ministry people. (John 10:11-13) Many are in ministry just as a job. They have positions and go through the motions, but are not really caring for the people. They tickle ears and tell their people what they know that they want to hear. (2nd Timothy 4:3-4) There is also a group that have a love for money and use God’s people to line their own pockets. We must be discerning of the same idolatry and religious scams in our world today!
God’s remedy for these conditions in religion has always been the same. He listens for His people to cry out to Him in prayer! When they do, He begins to act. (Psalm 50:14-15) He raises up a person who will walk with Him by faith and live and preach the Word of God. When these people preach the uncompromising Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit, then healing, restoration, and deliverance takes place. (see Judges 4:1-11 for an example) How God longs to be our King and lead us into doing what is right and a blessing for us and those we love! Allow Him to touch your heart today! God bless you and your family! Pastor John