Wednesday – History
Reading – Judges 17-19
““No,” his master said, “we can’t stay in this foreign town where there are no Israelites. Instead, we will go on to Gibeah.”
Judges 19:12 NLT
If you read this through, you know that this Levite and his servant would have been no worse off if they had stayed in the foreign town.
Suffice it to say, Israel, during this time of absence of leadership, was messed up!
Despite the Law and the Temple worship, the people of Israel had lost their moral compass and sense of unity. People did whatever they wanted.
Sounds a little like today.
We might not have the level of violence and debauchery of this story (though in some parts of the world it is that bad), but we have a lack of respect for one another, even in the Church.
We tend to ridicule those who believe differently than us. We make those who are different from us feel unwelcome in our churches. Perhaps worst of all, instead of trying to restore those who have fallen from grace, we tend to kick them when they are down, rejecting them and their pleas for help.
I’m not trying to preach a gospel of tolerance.
I am advocating a Gospel of love, restoration, and community.
What do you think that you can do to further that Gospel?
Have you fallen victim to that culture of disrespect and what have you done to rise above it?