Sunday, August 26, 2018

Who Are Our Gods

"Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem, summoning their elders, their leaders, their judges and their officers.  When they stood in ranks before God, Joshua addressed all the people: “If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve, the gods your fathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are now dwelling.  As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

That was quite a gathering!  And quite a choice to be made by the elders, leaders, judges, and officers!   Serve God or “gods” of their choosing. 

Who are our gods?    Who are the gods of our leaders – our elected officials who serve our country and represent us – when “us” is not very easy to define because we tend to be divided by political party, social status, and religion?

Our task is to challenge them to choose wisely especially when the “gods” approach them to garner favor in exchange for campaign contributions and favors.  Choices should be ethical, especially in these challenging times when ethics to many translates into “the end justifies the means.”  That’s the translation Satan prefers because it delivers us into evil and has us ignore the will of God.

Deacon David Pierce

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