READ : Judges 2:6-15
And there arose another generation . . . who did not know the Lord or the work that he
had done for Israel. (v. 10)
America has often been called a “Christian nation.” Phrases like “in God we trust” and
“one nation under God” point to our Judeo-Christian heritage. Although a high majority of
Americans would classify themselves as Christians, recent surveys have pointed out that
things have changed.
For example, it’s clear that there is a great amount of biblical illiteracy in North
America today. Research by the Gallup Organization shows that although most Americans
claim to believe in the Ten Commandments, few can name them. Only fifty percent of those
surveyed could name the preacher of the Beatitudes. And seventy-five percent
believe—wrongly—that the Bible says, “God helps those who help themselves.”
(Actually, that was Ben Franklin.)
Secularization has grown in North America, leaving many in the same position as the people of Israel in the days of the judges. When God’s Word is not known, God is not known either. We are left without common standards of truth or morality. That predicament is summarized with the words, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (21:25).
Lord, deliver us from the mess we have made of things. Help us to turn to you and your Word. Amen.