August 20

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-15

“Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” vs. 15

The sequence of events in Israel’s early history is not particularly clear, but we do know that sometime after their time in the wilderness, they crossed over the Jordan and began to settle in an already occupied land. They had been wandering tribal people…now they were living in proximity to many cities and towns. Their biggest challenge was theological. Would they remain faithful to the Lord or would they adopt the gods of the land as their own? Joshua tells them his choice is clear: he and his household will serve the Lord. Those same kinds of decisions face the people of God in every age including our own. There are plenty of gods in our land too and many of them are deceptively attractive…and so we wonder about our own households. Will our children and grandchildren remain faithful to the Lord Jesus or will their loyalties wander? Perhaps they will become a part of that ever increasing group of “nones,” those who profess no particular faith. We’d like to be more in control but we aren’t. All we can do is keep on loving…that’s what Jesus did, and that’s what worked for us!

Thought for the Day: Who does my household serve?

2 thoughts on “August 20

  1. wondering if today’s folks are “nones” or “alls”? Rather than saying they don’t affiliate with any religion, the affiliate with yoga, nature, spirituality, etc? Others I know don’t reject God, but do reject “church” as I have heard them say they see so little of God in churches. What do you think? Thanks as always…

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    • Hi Sue, it’s always good to see your thoughtful comments. I think the word “nones” is used for those who don’t affiliate with any religion…many times because they see the hypocrisy so clearly, and as you say, very little of God. And many do connect with other things like yoga or meditation. I’ve never heard the term “alls” before…I’ll have to think about that. And it’s one thing to be open to “all.” I can relate to that. But I have difficulty with the idea of being open to all but committing to nothing. Most things don’t yield much benefit unless there is a strong commitment. Surface sampling generally doesn’t doesn’t tap the riches of any religion or practice or faith. So go my meandering thoughts this afternoon….hope all is well.

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