If you’re following the “Necessary Food Bible Reading Plan” that I developed several years ago, one of the passages that you read today is one of the most difficult and disturbing in all of Scripture – Judges 19! It tells the revolting story of a culture without a moral compass. It seems like almost every ethical principle and moral norm imaginable is violated in the account! (I could describe it and tell the story but it is too graphic and disgusting for this venue. Read it for yourself and keep in mind this is a historical account, not fiction – it actually happened!). I’m convinced that this account is included in the Bible for the very purpose of producing a revulsion – a moral nausea – in the hearts of spiritually sensitive people. It’s there to drive us to our knees in prayer and out into our culture with the message of the gospel and the “salt and light” of “Kingdom” values!
The story begins to end with this incredible… no, more than that, this absolutely irrational scene: “And the people came to Bethel and sat there till evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly. And they said, ‘O Lord, the God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel!?”
Why has this happened?! How absolutely stupid and silly! The last verse of these chapters gives the answer… “In those days there was no king in Israel. EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES.” THIS CHAPTER RECORDS WHAT CAN HAPPEN IN A CULTURE THAT ABANDONS THE MORAL NORMS OF SCRIPTURE! It’s where we’re headed as a culture as we more and more reject the moral guidance of Scripture and embrace “situational ethics” – what “seems right in their own eyes”. The inconceivable today becomes actual tomorrow. I’m Concerned… and praying… Praying fervently!! “Oh Lord, send a moral and Spiritual revival to America… to our world!!!