Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The Dangers of Freelance Religion
Jdg 17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
Jdg 17:2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.
Jdg 17:3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.
Jdg 17:4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.
Jdg 17:5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
Jdg 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
A job needs a boss, a family needs a head, a country needs a leader, a church needs a pastor and a Christian needs a LORD.
Without proper authority, people do things on their own terms and it becomes twisted.
What is it about 1100 pieces of silver? In the previous chapter, that was the price of Delilah's treachery. Now this same amount is used to make idols. Micah's mother had dedicated this money to the Lord, she said, for these idols to be forged. Some of it was used by Micah to pervert a priest. Everyone was doing their own thing rather than God's will.
I see too much of this in Christendom today. All manner of twisted junk goes on because people are serving God out of ignorance and egotism. Rather than submitting to God's principles, they seek a "Burger King" religion, "Have it your way!"
We need to bow to the will and Word of God, for God's work, done in God's way will be truly blessed.
Is this how you are attempting to do His work, or are you having it your way?