Echoes of Religion

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 17:1-13

The people in this chapter were not worshipers of the true God, but they maintained a desire for religion.

Look at the confusion: The mother blesses her son, who has stolen her life savings because “at least he has been honest.” She piously gives the money to God, but uses part of the silver to commission an idol for worship. Her son takes the idol and invites a Levite to live with him, illegally making him his private priest. The son piously says, “The Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest” (v. 13).

Does this sound vaguely familiar? People who do not live by Christian values nevertheless try to practice tolerance and unconditional affirmation. They give their money to God for good luck and feel good if they can have a clergyman preside at their wedding or funeral. They say, “God bless you,” and pray for His blessing, while they do things that are contrary to God’s clear commands.

“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit” (v. 6). Yet it was not the lack of a king that caused the problem, but the loss of true faith and knowledge of God. Many people today are looking for someone to show them what a true relationship with God is like. Will they find a good example in us?

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, shine through us today. Amen.