I'm not always thankful for everything. I have a hard time accepting social "norms." I don't like how we are to tolerate any and everything that comes along in secular society. Why should we ever look at something that is immoral, or behavior that is bad, and say, "that's okay for you, but not for me," We have, as a people, lost the ability to discern right from wrong. We have been dumbed down. Our children arrive into adulthood without manners, starved for attention, feeling the way to get noticed is by body "art," studded extremities, shorn hair, and to me, a generation of circus clowns. (of course my generation was thought to be freaks) I don't have disdain for the youth, but rather sorrow. I'm not thankful that fathers think it's okay to bolt on their little ones, mothers choose the life on dope and alcohol over raising their kids. Grandparents, frustrated by how their children dropped their children at their doorstep, put little effort in training their abandoned grandchildren to understand life, and responsibilities. They try to over-compensate their absentee parents by giving them what they want, not what they need.
"In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did
what was right in his own eyes." Judges 21:25 (NKJV)
This is the last passage in the book of Judges. In the book's beginning, Israel is moving into it's inheritance, given by God, theirs to keep for ever. God took them out of slavery in Egypt, led them miraculously through the wilderness for 40 years, then gave them a land to raise their families that was so fertile and beautiful, as long as they followed Him. God said to Israel that He would bless them in every effort, protect them in everyway, if the would obey His commands. He would give them godly rulers they could take their problems to, and He did exactly that, but Israel didn't obey. From the beginning, they didn't do exactly as they were supposed to by driving out the heathen residents who had dwelt in the land, those that Israel showed mercy to, helped turned their hearts away from God. The cycle of sin began. Israel would sin, anger God, He would allow the people to come under the oppresssion of their enemies, they would cry to the Lord for deliverance, He would raise up a leader to deliver them miraculously, the land and people would again experience peace and prosperity. Then the cycle would repeat, again and again.
Is this story familiar to you? It should be to all of us who follow Christ. Our lives become good, we get comfortable, complacent to the point that we forget Him. We stop praying, following His Word. We start looking at the glitter and things that turn our hearts from Him. Then we see the bad and call it good, indulging in those thing which He hates, accepting phony impossible man-made explanations of our origins as truth. "It's okay to do what I think is right, at least for me." We compromise "the" Truth, dismiss it as fantasy, and do what we think is right to us instead what is written. A good portion of believers don't believe the Bible is inspired or literal.
We are in that cycle. I don't mean the unbelieving society we live in, but the churched society. We seldom hear the words, repent, sin, personal relationship with Christ, self-sacrifice, what my pastor calls "sin management." If we don't tickle the ears, attendance will suffer, so will offerings. We are in the oppression part of the sin-cycle. You may not see that, but give it some thought. We're not oppressed by an invading army of people, rather we are invaded by darkness manifested by immorality, economic crisis, and acceptance of fantasy as truth. Until the churched-world changes, the secular will sink deeper into the cycle of sin. Think about it. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all, Keith.