And the Israelites served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him—those who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110. They buried him in the land he had been allocated, at Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal. —Judges 2:7-11

How did another generation grow “up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel?” How does any generation in any country grow up without knowing the Lord or the mighty things he has done? How has that happened in the United States?

How? In 1859 the Origin of Species was published and promoted. In 1869 Eliot arrived as President of Harvard. He was an evolutionist. In 1870 Langdell became head of Harvard Law School over the protests of the professors because Langdell did not have the qualifications, but he agreed with Eliot that evolution was true and that should permeate all of education. He began to change the study of law by the introduction the case study method and Blackstone, whose study of law was based on God’s Word, was thrown out. Then the Scopes Trial in 1925 was another turning point. Creation was widely taught in our public schools up to this point, but after the Scopes Trial evolution began to gain a greater foothold and promoted. Then in 1962-63 the Supreme Court banned prayer and the Bible from public schools. Even today 89% of people still believe in some kind of “God.” Yet, “After the June 17, 1963 ruling the Wall Street Journal commented that atheism was now “the one belief to which the state’s power will extend its protection.”

There you have it, the gradual eroding of Biblical knowledge by the State and the State’s encouraging of the religion of atheism. This has been a satanic scheme and the Church has been too comfortable within its walls to engage the culture to a large degree in so many arenas. By its apathy beachheads have grown into huge areas of ground grained by those who are anti-Christ. That is why we are in the mess we are in as a country.

What is the Lord’s plan for this country? I do not know. But I do know that the Lord wants His Church to be the Church and all that means. A large part of that is to disciple the next generation that they may not grow up not knowing the Lord! May we seek to be faithful regardless of what direction our nation goes in. Our King is in Heaven and we know the end result. Let us live out His desires for our lives now and until we take our last breath. May it be so.

Dear Father, help me to be the person You desire me to be in a world that desperately needs You. Please give me wisdom to minister to those around me in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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