Last week I told you I was beginning a series in the book of Judges at my church. Already this book is packing a biblical punch. It is amazing how relevant and applicable this book has proven itself to be. The parallels between ancient Israel and our day are fascinating and striking, but they’re also disturbing.
One parallel in particular has not left my mind. “The people served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel…And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:7, 10b). When Israel entered the land, by the leadership of Joshua, they began to take possession of it just as God commanded them to do. During the days of Joshua, Israel prospered because they knew the Lord, celebrated His redemptive work and obeyed His commands. But, unfortunately, after Joshua’s generation perished, another generation arose “who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.” This does not mean they knew nothing about the God of Israel or the salvific work He accomplished in the Exodus. They knew of the Lord. They just didn’t know the Lord. They knew of His work. They just didn’t know His work. Point being, the generation after Joshua were not genuine believers. They abandoned the God of their Fathers. They did not adopt of the faith of their parents. Consequently, wickedness spread in the land and that generation endured the judgment of God.
Today, there is a generation called the Millennials; U.S. citizens born after 1980. Unlike their parents, the Millennials are least churched generation in history. They are the least converted, least baptized and least Christian by profession. They truly are the generation after Joshua, a generation who does not know the Lord or the work He has done in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
What’s the result? Well, it’s the same as in the days of Judges. After Joshua, the next generation worshipped idols that promoted sexual immorality and child sacrifice. These things were normal in the land. Today, our nation, fueled by an ungodly generation, is at the peak of the sexual and homosexual revolution. In addition, we sacrifice our children daily when more than 3,000 babies are aborted in the name of women’s rights, an act supported and funded by our government.
We are living in the days of the Judges. Wickedness is rising because a generation has arose that does not know the Lord. All it takes is one generation’s failure to pass down the truths of the faith and it will affect an entire nation. It has happened and is happening before our very eyes.
This is why Christians must be all the more diligent to train their children in the word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ. We must not neglect to immerse our families in the principles of the faith and public worship. Church attendance and involvement are crucial for ensuring the salvation of our children. If we are lax about these issues we will see our kids reject the Lord and show no concern for His work which will lead to idol worship and ultimate destruction.
My prayer is that a new generation would arise, one that does know the Lord and these affects can be reversed. Until then, let us strive towards biblical fidelity and faithfulness hoping and praying for the Lord’s mercy upon our sons and daughters.