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How Many Generations Does It Take to Lose a Biblical Christian Worldview?

Reflecting on Joshua 2:6-12 while looking out at families of today.

We see a continuing deterioration in America’s resolve to support a Biblical Christian worldview. The Bible has been dissected, undermined, and, discarded as a moral standard. Consequently, those institutions that support Scripture without excuse are also in the throws of being discarded. And, even the churches and seminaries that attempt to hold fast to some of its teachings while twisting theology that society finds unacceptable are seen by born-again believers as traitors to the faith, and by the lost as supporting a man-made book of fables. 

For some, this trend has been visible for decades. For others, it seems it has happened overnight. Regardless of the speed of departure, our worldview is under attack, and, like the frog in the pot, most of us choose to huddle around fellow believers and hope the problem will go away. 

What is worse than our blindness to the realities of the loss of our Christian faith as a nation is our unwillingness to buck those who are indoctrinating our children. As a nation, we have stopped going to church, we have stopped reading the Bible, and we have stopped talking about morality at the dinner table. In fact, the family dinner table no longer exists, and parents desiring to pass on their worldview find their kids lost in a world of smartphones. As adults, we bury our heads in the sand of rationalization hoping that, “perhaps it will all work out”. 

Judges 2:6-7 document that the Israelites “served the Lord all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel”.

But, then “there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel” (verse 10).

How long has it been for mankind to actually see “the work that he had done” in the life of believers? Some, with faith and conviction, would say yesterday. But many others would respond, “It’s been 2,000 years since God did anything we could actually see, believe, and rely on.” 

Judges 2:11-12 - And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger.

There was only one generation between verse 10 and verse 11. A generation who did not know God and the Israelites “served the Baals”. Who was Baal? He was the fertility god, “rooted in sensuality and involved in ritualistic prostitution”. The worship of Baal included human sacrifice of the firstborn and often self-inflicted injury. Jesus referred to Satan as “Beelzebub”, a reference to the Old Testament Baal (details here). 

And even when the Lord showed patience and grace to His people by providing sound teachings from judges, “they did not listen to their judges, for they whored after other gods and bowed down to them” (verse 17a). 

One generation… Only one generation where fathers did not, “train up [your] child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Today, 25% of children (nearly 25 million) grow up without a father’s presence in the home and, for African American families, that number is 65%. However, even if fathers are present, are we teaching our children to go to church, follow Christ, read the Bible, and live a Godly life? What examples are we setting on Sunday mornings, or around the family dinner table? 

One generation… from Joshua’s elders “who served the Lord”, to Baal. 


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AuthorJeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org 

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