Scripture: Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.
Observation: The book of Judges chronicles the time after Moses and Joshua (both strong leaders), but before King David (another strong leader). Without strong leadership, things get weird. God’s people start fighting amongst themselves, almost wiping out the entire tribe of Benjamin – which is crazy. As you read the book you can’t help but wonder what the heck is going on. Then, the very last verse of the entire book (provided above) says it all. When people do what is right in their own eyes, without the counsel of God, things go badly indeed.
Application: Over the course of my lifetime (fifty years now) I’ve seen the Judeo-Christian worldview pushed to the margins in the public arena of the US – using scripture as a core reference for public decisions, prayer as a common practice, even replacing “Christmas” with “winter holiday”. Now I realize the US has become a more diverse nation,so favoring one religious tradition over another is considered unacceptable. I get it. That said, I believe we have lost something very important in the process. By wanting to include all religious traditions, we effectively include none. The secularization of American culture is almost complete. Which means we end up as a people who do what is right in our own eyes. “Train” meet “wreck”.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, the bible says your ways are not our ways. Left to ourselves, we tend to make a mess of things. Give us grace to seek your will for us in an increasingly secular world. Amen.