Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.
This is the last verse in the book of Judges. I know I just wrote about this a couple of days ago, but it fascinates me. In the latter portion of the book of Judges, the tribes of Israel go to war against one of their own – the tribe of Benjamin. The army of Israel wipes out nearly the entire tribe of Benjamin, man/woman/child/animal, then allows the surviving men of Benjamin (a few hundred) to abduct some young girls of a particular town in Israel and take them as wives. Read chapter 21 of Judges. It’s seriously twisted.
But this is what happens when people govern themselves according to what seems right to people. It’s Lord of the Flies kind of stuff. True, even when nations attempt to adhere to a Judeo-Christian worldview, people screw it up. But at least there is something to guide us when we go off the rails. The teachings of faith may eventually be brought to bear as corrective to a secular humanist worldview gone wrong.
As you can imagine by now, I have concern for our nation. We have never been a true Christian nation, but history suggests our culture has been fundamentally shaped by a Judeo-Christian worldview. That said, the USA is working very hard to distance itself from paradigms of faith and embracing secular humanism. Here’s one definition of secular humanism:
Secular humanism is a philosophy or life stance that embraces human reason, ethics, and philosophical naturalism, while specifically rejecting religion, as the basis of morality and decision making.
Exactly. God, help us. Amen.