Let’s face it, society is evil and corrupt. How did it get this way? America was founded on biblical principles. Right? When did we lose control?
Those are some tough questions to ask, but when we look at judges we can see another principle that can help us answer some of these questions.
We saw on Monday that the reason generations defy God is because the generations before them weren’t perfect. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be raised by perfect parents. I guess by proxy that would make the child perfect as well. The problem is, there are no perfect parents.
But the problem is more than just one generation’s rebellion, it seems to be much worse today than ever before in history. Certainly if the founding fathers had insight into even fifty years ago they would be appalled at the corruption in society.
As I read through Judges I stumbled on this little bit of insight.
Rebellious generations will always be worse than their predecessors, never better.
“And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following after gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way.” Judges 2:19
It seems here that each generation gets worse and worse. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, just look around at the world today. Some would like to say that we’ve improved as a species, but we’ve just changed the terms of what’s wrong: from murder to abortion, immorality to pornography, and gossip to political journalism.
How to Respond
I’ve found when addressing these problems with American Christians that they are more concerned at getting America back than redeeming it’s people. For that I ask, “How can you evoke the power to do right without possessing the person who makes right?” Society is corrupt, that is undeniable, but how did we get here and what can we do to change it?
How did we get here?
America was founded on biblical principles, but we failed because we thought that was enough. It’s not enough to be able to proclaim we are a Christian nation. Nations can’t be saved. Nations don’t go to heaven. Individuals must recognize their need, repent, and call out to Jesus for salvation.
Just like Israel, when things got easy for a while, we stopped fighting for our faith. Some describe faith as being a chair. All you have to do is sit down and the chair will support you, but that gives the impression that we can just kick our feet up and rest. I like to equate faith with a bicycle. Yes it will support you if you sit, but you have to keep pedaling or you’ll fall over. American Christians have stopped pedaling.
Then when we realized that we had lost the public school systems, the public forums, and the political arena, We Panicked! We were caught sleeping and the next thing we knew the secularist had taken over society. Instead of recognizing the need for individuals in society to be saved, we started to try and take back America. This full-on frontal assault looked like a desperate attempt by conservatives to take back what we had put on the curb as undesirable. Now it’s just us against them and their first impression of Christians isn’t that we care about them, but that we care about ourselves and our old way of life.
This is the environment our youth are growing up in. They see the battle lines drawn and they don’t want any part in the war. And because we look like crazy fanatics, trying to relive the past, we are basically handing our children over to society.
What can we do to change it?
Stop looking at society as the problem, and start looking at them as individuals who need a savior.
Stop trying to put a square through a round hole. We’re not going to resurrect the past, so focus on resurrecting lost souls.
Put your picketing posters down and pick up a spoon instead. If we would spend more time rubbing shoulders with unbelievers and sharing the love of Jesus with them, we would have less things to picket about.
If we could acknowledge that we haven’t always done the best thing, then we could analyze what we could do to fix it. I suggest, for a place to start, sitting down with sinners for a meal or something. Salt serves no purpose unless it is touching the product it was meant to preserve.