I can’t help thinking that I’m living in a society where the quote above is true today. A hundred years ago however, my grandparents were born into a society that saw churches across the land filled on Sundays. They had youth movements and parents organisations binding communities together through out the week and the church really was at the centre of the community. For better or worse, they provided the moral framework upon which society functioned. Now what have we got? What is there in society to replace the guidance and stability that the loyally and regularly supported churches once provided?
Judges 2:10-15 NLT
After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal. They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord. They abandoned the Lord to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth. This made the Lord burn with anger against Israel, so he handed them over to raiders who stole their possessions. He turned them over to their enemies all around, and they were no longer able to resist them. Every time Israel went out to battle, the Lord fought against them, causing them to be defeated, just as he had warned. And the people were in great distress.
My goal is simple. I am trying to take what I find in the bible and present it in such a way, that those of my own generation can see how it is still relevant to their lives now. The question I find hardest to answer succinctly, often sounds something like this – “How can you possibly say that the bible is the word of God? Surely it’s just a load of books written by people who lived thousands of years ago before they knew what we know now.” in response, the only answer I can really offer is this – Why don’t you read it all for yourself and then see what you think. Unless we make an effort to explain what’s in the Bible and why it’s important, then this generation and the ones that follow will increasingly find themselves in great distress. They won’t know why, and there wont be anything to offer them comfort. They won’t be able to acknowledge the Lord because they will never have heard of him, let alone understood what his message is.
Judges 2:10-3:31, Luke 22:14-34, Psalms 92:1-93:5, Proverbs 14:1-2