Judges 17:6  “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.”

      The book of Judges depicts life in Israel around 1000 B.C.  Yet the last six words of the scripture are as true today as they were then – everyone does as they see fit.  The credo of this day is based on the idea that everyone is free to do as they please provided no one is hurt.  No one can impose their own standard of behaviour on others nor will anyone accept any absolute standard of behaviour. Generally,  the path of least resistance through whatever situation a person finds himself in determines his behaviour.
     How does this happen to a society?   My Bible’s introduction to the book of Judges describes this time in Israel as a time of ‘unfaithfulness’ and surrender to the ‘allurements’ of the surrounding paganism.  As a result, ‘the story of redemption stood still’.  Israel was mired in scandal after scandal, crisis after crisis and couldn’t make any headway.  Does this sound familiar?
     The people of Israel had abandoned their covenant relationship with God, worshipped idols and adopted the lifestyle of their pagan neighbours.  If you read Judges 17: 1 to 18:31  you will see that Micah decided to have his own religion, he found a  priest that would be only too happy to trade in his religious convictions for ‘job security’ and everyone gave in to what was expedient.  Does this sound familiar?
     Few people read the Bible today.  Even fewer people try to make the Bible’s teachings a daily reality in their lives.  When people throw aside their heritage and abandon their relationship with God they lose their moral compass.  Indeed, even with worldly kings, Israel lost one of its sacred books – a vital part of  its heritage only to discover it years later when the temple was being repaired under King Josiah:   And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes. … Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us. ” (2 Kings 22:11,13) 
     Today, we are loosing our heritage because few care about the Bible and many are outright hostile to the idea of it.  The idea that an absolute moral standard exists in any book is contrary to the ‘postmodern’ mindset.   Today’s ‘moral compass’ swings towards the expedient, the politically correct and the path of least resistance.  The same book that many ignore  predicted this sad state of affairs!
     2 Timothy 3: 1 – 5 describes our times perfectly:  “But know this, that in the last days grievous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, railers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, implacable, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good, traitors, headstrong, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power … ” 
     Does this sound familiar?

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