And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this? (Judges 2:2)
(I WROTE THIS ARTICLE FOUR YEARS AGO. But I need to edit it and send it out again. Our new readers haven’t read it and we all need to be reminded.)
OUR NATION IS IN MORAL CRISIS. Many Americans had rather cuss and rail as to pray. Our nation increasingly rejects the Bible as its moral anchor and authority.
WE HAVE BECOME A CULTURE OF DEATH and do not seem to notice or care. We have moved from abortion to infanticide (recently in Virginia). We are moving rapidly toward euthanasia (mercy killing) and the next step is enforced euthanasia as was practiced in NAZI Germany under Hitler. Germany killed over 300,000 infirmed Germans before turning on the Jews. They were called: “useless bread eaters.” When we have the death of God, we soon have the death of man. It is as certain as night following day.
IN AMERICA,THE MOTHER HAS TO SIGN THE EXECUTION ORDER for the death of her unborn baby. The president of the United States or the doctor cannot do that. Only the mother. Only a tiny fraction of the abortions is to save the life of the mother, or for rape or incest. The rest of them are “convenience” killings, murder. We have murdered over 60 million of the most helpless people in our nation and we wonder why our hearts are so hard and hateful toward each other.
CHILD ABUSE HAS ROCKETED SINCE WE EMBRACED ABORTION. A mentality of “kill those who bother me” generates a cruel society. If killing those who bother us is the order of the day, knives and stones will do. Cain killed Abel without a gun.
HITLER KILLED 6 MILLION JEWS. We have out-murdered Hitler ten times. The government didn’t force it upon us. The government allowed us to do what our own wicked impulses influenced us to do; millions of us! Millions of mothers murdering millions of babies. Many boyfriends and husbands and parents have insisted that it be done.
AND GOD DIDN'T NOTICE 60-MILLION BABIES SHOWING UP IN HEAVEN before their time to be there?
WE GOT THE "SLAUGHTER OF THE INNOCENT" bad wrong and now we are getting other things wrong. We have become a culture of death and defiance of the God of Heaven. We will tell God what He can have and what is right and wrong. Half of our nation wants the people of God to shut up and let the wicked make the rules for everyone to live under. We would do well to pause and do some serious thinking.
GOD IS OVER ALL NATIONS AS WELL AS INDIVIDUALS. God is over Israel and God is over America. We would do well to read God’s opinion on how a nation should conduct itself. A nation that serves God is always in great danger when an old generation dies off and a new generation takes over. Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah. (Psalm 9:20)
And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel. (Judges 2:7)
IN OUR DAY, THE DANGER OF A NEW GENERATION should be taught. There are token young people who are truly smart and realize they have a lot to learn. But as a whole, the younger generation thinks it already knows everything and is smarter than the “old folks”. The younger generation cannot spell D-A-N-G-E-R or W-I-S-D-O-M. I knew a teenager who was arguing with her dad: “Dad, you just don’t understand!” To which he quickly replied: “Oh, I understand alright. I just don’t agree with you.
WHEN I WAS 16, THERE WAS NO DANGER in running the family car at 100 M.P.H. on a two-lane country road. It’s terribly dangerous now but it wasn’t dangerous 69 years ago. It was going on big-time in our community and our loving, wise English teacher knew about it. Mrs. Looney required her entire class to memorize an article in the Reader’s Digest, stand before the class and recite it. If they couldn’t recite it, they had to read it aloud to the class. We memorized it and heard each other recite it 25 times:
“EARLY ONE MORNING LAST FALL in Hammond, Indiana a car careened around a curve…for one paralyzed moment a gasoline truck driver saw the glare of headlights as the machine bore down upon him. Then came the impact of steel upon steel…heads burst against the dashboard like overripe fruit…bones snapped….lungs collapsed…smothered hearts lurched into another beat and then died. Even before the uninjured truck driver leaped from his cab, it was all over…all over but the funeral bills for four dead people.” (Classmates?)
I CAN STILL QUOTE MOST OF IT. I understood this better after I ran my Dodge under the rear end of a log truck parked in the road at night. The point of this story is that young people are vulnerable to danger because they lack knowledge and perspective. Hosea said: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (Hosea 4:6) Now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s move on.
THE BOOK OF JUDGES IS ABOUT generation after generation that would not learn from the previous generation. In our day poll after poll shows that 60% of the young people are leaving Bible-believing churches by the time they leave high school, BEFORE they enter college. So, the decisions are being made to leave church while they are still attending church. I think this is what’s going on: For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. (Hebrews 4:2)
DADDY AND MAMA CAN'T BELIEVE GOD FOR THEIR CHILDREN. The children have to believe God for themselves. If parents could only get hold of this truth, maybe they would be more committed to having a Godly home to model Christianity to their children; reading Bible stories to their young children and reading the Bible to their older children. Maybe parents would kneel and pray with their children hundreds of time. Give the children something to have to climb over if they are determined to go to hell. And after the best of parenting, some kids are determined to rebel against parents and God and live hell-bent.
WATCHING A FOOTBALL GAME WITH YOUR KIDS may be good camaraderie but it won’t necessarily move your children toward Heaven. Play catch with your children one minute and talk about John 3:16 the next minute. Live the Christian life in front of your children. Make it hard for your children to turn away from God. You can’t make your children choose God, but you can make it harder for them not to. Notice the tragedy that happened in Israel:
And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger. And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. (Judges 2:10-14)
Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed. Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them. And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so. (Judges 2:15-17)
And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way. (Judges 2:18-19)
Memory Verse This Month:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Psalm 91:1-2)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
March 9, 2020 - MONDAY
A.M. Deuteronomy 8-10 P.M. Mark 12:28-44
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Song for Today:
Rise Up O Men of God (1:57) (Unknown)
(I learned this as a teenager from one of the older hymnals. Perhaps the Broadman Hymnal, page 186.)
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"The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.” (George Washington – 1789, Inaugural Address)