Hello again everyone. Our Bible readings this week for the "Read the Bible in 90 Days" challenge that our church is doing, included the books of Joshua and Judges. While reading how the Israelites continually turned away from God and worshiped other gods of the time, I was constantly thinking about the world that we live in today and how our culture is so similar to the times talked about in both of these books. We continue to turn away from God, both believers and non-believers, and while most of us don't worship other gods, we do worship other idols, like money, fame, acceptance by our culture, etc. Thankfully, if we choose to accept the salvation that Jesus offers, we are saved, but that doesn't mean that God isn't burning with anger or saddened by the things he sees us doing today. As Christians, we are held to a higher standard by God than non-believers, yet how many of us think about how our actions look in God's eyes. We are called to strive to be like Jesus. Sure, we will never get there, but we are to continue trying to achieve that lofty goal. Instead, what do we do? The leaders of our nation do everything that they can to remove any mention of God from the classroom, courtroom or any other public arena, and most of us say nothing. Hollywood continues to make movies that are filled with violence, nudity, drug use and every other behavior that the Bible calls us to refrain from taking part in or witnessing, and many of us go to see these movies.
I marvel at both of my daughters as well as my son-in-law. As young adults, they are very careful not to subject themselves, or their families, to anything that does not glorify God. At first thought, you might think that is an admirable thing to do, but how hard would it be? Surely, you could do it without much trouble. REALLY!!!! Have you been to the movies or turned on the TV lately? Have you listened to any of our so-called leaders in this country? For that matter, have you been to church lately? The number of churches that don't believe in the Virgin Birth, or that there is a literal heaven and hell, or that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God, is staggering.
I don't know about you, but I always thought that the world that we live in must be one of the worst, if not the worst, societies that has ever existed. But, when you read the Bible, you find out that Biblical times were much worse than what we are experiencing today. Don't get me wrong, we live in a world full of sin and a decaying moral fiber, but we are not the only people that have experienced these problems, not by a long shot!
To see three young adults so committed to honoring God is not only uplifting, but it inspires hope and reminds me that God is in control and through Him, anything is possible. I can learn a lot from my children and I intend on doing just that. I am committed to growing closer to God by following His calling for my life and by following his direction and always striving to be more like Jesus. Is that achievable? No, not during my life on earth, but that won't, and shouldn't, stop me from trying.
I encourage you to pick up the Bible tonight or in the coming days and read the books of Joshua and Judges and see if you draw the same comparisons to the world we live in today that I do. Too many people avoid the Old Testament and only read the New Testament. But remember, as the leader of the Bible study I attend on Wednesday nights told us, Jesus came to fulfill the law of the Old Testament, not to do away with it. From Genesis to Revelations, the thread of Jesus Christ is throughout the entire Bible, not just in the New Testament. May God bless you and your family! I look forward to speaking with you again soon! Have a blessed night!