Joshua 24:14-15 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – ESV
This was spoken by Joshua to the Israelites shortly before he died. The people back then faced a choice. Not just that day, but always. They were surrounded by idols and nations that served them. Would they remain faithful to God, or defile themselves with those idols? Joshua made it very clear that there was no coexistence between Yahweh and idols. They had to make a clear cut choice between them. The Israelites tried many times to mix idolatry with the worship of Yahweh, but the idols always corrupted them—and God’s judgement came down with fury.
Today We Still Need To Choose
Today, in America and around the world, we are faced with the same directive: ‘Choose this day whom you will serve.’ For many years, a lot of people have been living mixed lives. We are living in a time where we are enjoying the blessings produced by the steadfast faith of our forefathers. Some of us see this and cringe at the games people play with God’s blessings. Many don’t see God’s hand at all and are completely corrupt and blind. Some only see it partially.
What I mean by seeing it partially, is that there are some who see that godly principles lead to a good life. But they have no concept of living a life surrendered to God. In this category you may find people who are living mixed lives. They serve idols (figuratively) and sins, but have a decent moral compass in some ways. The problem is, though there is some good coming from a mixed life, the sin and idolatry is always corrupting in increasing measures. Perhaps it will manifest by these people having children that fall into the completely corrupt and blind category instead of being mixed like their parents.
Advancement Of Corruption
Perhaps the parents themselves will fall by the wayside in corruption. Either way, it is clear to see that neutrality is impossible. Our lives individually, and our culture collectively, is always moving toward evil or righteousness. Either God has preeminence and we will serve Him as totally as we are enabled to do in any given season, or we are giving ground to the enemy.
After many years of mixture, a lot of corruption has taken place. And it is getting harder and harder to get around the truth. The mandate to ‘Choose this day whom you will serve,’ is becoming louder and louder. The lines are drawn more sharply every day. Which side are we going to fall on? That imaginary margin between good and evil is shrinking every day and the delusion of neutrality along with it.
As greater numbers fall into complete corruption with abased minds, those who are still mixed are confronted more and more blatantly with the fact that the possibility of coexistence between good and evil is a lie. Let’s pray for pure hearts before God. But even if the majority of our culture falls into corruption, we can always personally say, today and every day: ‘as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ And hopefully by doing so, we can be vessels for revival to the masses.