A God Forgotten

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What do you do when you cut loose from God? How do you live, what guides your decisions? How can you tell right from wrong? And when you think about it, who consciously cuts loose from God. Does anyone say, I don’t care about God, I’m going to dump him? Maybe, but those are generally out on the fringe somewhere. Let me show you a more pertinent example of how it might happen. It’s from Moses’ last sermon to Israel:

See, I have taught you decrees and laws as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may follow them in the land you are entering to take possession of it. Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? And what other nation is so great as to have such righteous decrees and laws as this body of laws I am setting before you today? Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Deuteronomy 4:5–9 NIV

Do you have any idea of how this very idea played out in the founding of this country? We were to be a nation of laws, under the rule of law, not of a king. And don’t kid yourself. The law of Moses underlay everything we built in this country, we just didn’t say so. We have forgotten, and we have not instilled this love of law into our children. If that’s the case, what is the alternative to the rule of law?

You can read the First Things article referenced in this program, A Campaign of Narratives, here.
You can read Jonathan Roseblum’s piece, Repentance for a Misspent Youth, here.


Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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