(note to self: work harder on post titles!)
So, I was reading from this week’s Torah portion this morning, and it seems that this week includes some verses that would forever haunt the Israelites:
24 “You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds; but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their sacred pillars in pieces.
25 “But you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.
26 “There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
Well, if you’re up on the scriptures of the Tanach (“Old Testament”) at all, you know that the Israelites never saw the above blessings, and that Ba’al worship was rampant throughout the land (Israel is a very fertile land, and Ba’al was a fertility god, so it is somewhat easy to see why he was appealing; he seemed to be delivering. I learned that from a Focus on the Family video, but keep that to yourself. I have a reputation to maintain!). The prophets were constantly telling the Hebrew people to repent, yet the people didn’t listen. The result? An exile that only now is starting to come to its end.
However, we Christians can’t judge here, as we’re just as guilty of the same sin. How often do we take part in the sins of this world (gossip, porn, lust, drunkenness, etc.) and act as though this behavior is okay? It has often been said that assimilation is the #1 enemy of the Jewish people, but I also think it’s killing Christianity. To use an old cliche, we’re to be in this world, not of it. I don’t know about you, but I’m very guilty of losing sight of that. We’re to be held to a higher standard, not to blend in.