To the gods you have chosen…

In reading the book of Judges today, I was struck by these words:

13 But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble! –Judges 10

The people find themselves in great distress because as they go awhoring after other gods, they find themselves in bondage to them.  Indeed, their enemies all around them oppress and enslave them.   When things are at their worst, they cry to the Lord for help.  “Save us!” But, the Lord says, “Forget it.  Let the gods you have trusted rescue you.”  The Lord knows that his people only desire to use him.  As soon as they are safe and sound they’ll hit the streets again searching for other gods to worship and serve.

Now while I am reluctant to ever make a connection between the way Israel acted and the way we act in our country, I find the comparison too obvious to avoid.  And I wonder if it does not always bear out.  We trust the gods we worship to save us when we are in distress.  That means we will trust the economy, more precisely, great inflows of [stimulus] money to save us in our current crisis.  [Now my assertion is based not on conservative ideology, however fiscally conservative I may be.  It is based on Biblical truth.] The very god we worshiped, our financial resources our economy, we now trust to rescue us.  The problem we shall find was the same Israel discovered so long ago.  Those gods have no power to save.  For Israel, their attempts to find a way out through their gods always led them to a worse place, not a better one. It did not leave them better off.  Here’s why.  In doing so, they simply wanted a way out.  They did not admit the true nature of the problem.  Their pride was too great, and so they refused to turn to the one who could save them.

Now, I’m no economist so I can’t predict the outcome of our attempts to avert the present crisis.  But theologically, the result could not be more clear.  There may be a momentary sense of progress and a “brief salvation.”  But, how can it be lasting?  Will not the days that follow be worse?

Next…good news from Judges.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy Carson on April 14, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Fix our eyes on Jesus…


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