We are living with the consequences of turning away from the truth of God’s word and embracing lies. Even within the church we have adopted these lies as if they were the truth and ordered our homes and churches accordingly. What are the lies we have adopted? The answer to that in my next blog entry, first, I want to look at the Scriptures and see that this practice is not new to our generation.
In this text we find that Joshua was at the end of his life, the Lord had just reminded him to remind the people of what God had done for them and not to turn away from the word of God. We find in verse seven, “And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua.” Next we read that Joshua dies then in verse ten we read, “And all of that generation was also gathered to their fathers…” Those who served with Joshua had died and now their children were in charge. At the end of verse ten a very sad statement is made, “And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.”
When I read this post, it reminded me of something similar I had read when going through the Crown Financial study. Taken directly from the perspective on Eternity in the study manual, it says:
In 1904, the country of Wales experienced a dramatic revival. Thousands of people were introduced to Christ, and the results were dramatic. Bars closed because of lack of business. Policeman exchanged their weapons for white gloves because crime disappeared. Wales was so evangelically minded that it sent missionaries all over the world.
One of those missionaries traveled to Argentina where on the streets he led a young boy to Christ. The boy’s name was Luis Palau. He has since become known as the “Billy Graham of Latin America.” Palau visited Wales to express his thankfulness for being led to Christ. What he discovered was astonishing. Less than one-half of one percent of the Welsh attended church. Divorce was at an all-time high, and crime was increasing.
As a result of this experience, Palau produced a film titled God Has No Grandchildren. The thrust of the film is that each generation is responsible for passing on the faith to the next. In Wales, the impact of Christianity had all but disappeared.
Each generation is responsible for passing on the truths of Scripture… to it’s children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.“
I think one of the greatest temptations that we face in this culture of affluence is to embrace the culture while ignoring God. We live in a culture that flat out denies Christ and everything He represents. We live under the influence of idols and most of the populace is so numb that they don’t even wonder why the vast majority of people in America are taking prescription drugs for depression or anxiety, living without happiness through jobs, marriage (or even more commonly divorce), parenting, and every other experience. Most people get what little joy they have either from direct sin-interaction, or from watching some mindless shows on TV that help them forget for a little while how miserable they are.
WHAT!? What is wrong with us!? Ninety percent of the rest of the world would *gladly* suffer in our place! For all our luxury and comfort and convenience, we sure seem to be a miserable lot. Most of the people I’ve known in my life who do not know Christ only know happiness in depravity. Of course, that is not too surprising because without Christ, we are utterly depraved. What amazes me, though, is that more people don’t ask themselves, “Just what is going on? How can I have so many things to be thankful for, yet continue to be so miserable?”
Obviously something is missing, but too often people don’t even realize that what is they need is the very thing they mock, distort, deride, and run from. I know all too well. I lived in complete ignorance of Christ for the first 27 years of my life and was blind to my need for a Savior. I have no idea why or how God chose to open the blinded eyes of my foolish heart when I rejected Him so completely. Yet for some reason which I may never truly comprehend, He did. I will never stop thanking and praising Him for it because I know it was most definitely nothing I did on my own, or deserved in the least. For His own good pleasure and His own glory did He turn my heart toward Him. And now, as a parent, I feel such a great responsibility to everything in my power to make His Word known to my children, with the hopes that they will hear His call, and hopefully long before I did. I really fear for the generation to come because even this generation that I am a part of has largely fallen away.
Mat 9:35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.
Mat 9:36 Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
Mat 9:37 Then He *said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.
Mat 9:38 “Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
May we all pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out His workers into His harvest.
Peace & Blessing,