More Americans know the ingredients of McDonald’s Big Macs than they do the Ten Commandments. This would explain why American morals are going down and weight is going up. This news story was hardly a shock, particularly when American evangelicals are often about as clueless as the rest of the public when it comes to the Law of God. I hosted a program yesterday with Steve Renkema of Reformation Heritage Books. As we spoke of the great love the Puritans had for God and the seriousness with which they took study of God’s Word and discipleship of their own families, it once again reminded me of just how far away our nation and our churches have gotten from what really matters.
A theologically conservative church this last Sunday sponsored a book fair in support of its Christian school. Available for purchase were giant posters of the Beatles, and kiddie rock stars like Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers. For sale were books that promote occult spiritual themes and utter worldiness. Nowhere were books about missionaries, Bible story books, or biographies of great Christians. Instead, church kids were served up Babylon in book form, and nobody objected. The wordliness in the church isn’t even recognized any more. Anyone who objects is accused of legalism. We’re under grace so pass the worldly icons in poster form where teen idol girls strut their stuff under the sun, in violation of everything Scripture has to say about godly womanhood. Pass the books that celebrate the dark arts and where the God of the Bible never makes an appearance. Then these same churches wonder why they’re dying! God will not share his Temple with idols. If we as Christians can remember the condiments on a hamburger over the contents of God’s commands, it’s a pretty good indication that our priorities are in bad shape. It is only through the knowledge of God’s Word that we are prevented from sinning.
With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O LORD!
Teach me Your statutes.