I watched a very disturbing show last night on TV. It was called "Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial."
The story is how the ACLU and a whole gang of legal thugs descended on the little town of Dover Pennsylvania to thrash them and beat them to the ground for even considering a potential rival to evolution. It was the school board of Dover on trial, but I kept thinking, "It really is God on trial."
Of course, the show was put on by Nova, so I knew it would not have been created unless evolution won the trial. And it did. A whole bunch of seemingly nice people lined up against God, against a theory that might even lead to the possibility that God had a part in bringing things into existence.
Then this morning I read this. 6 -8 "And then the People of Israel went back to doing evil in God's sight. They worshiped the Baal gods and Ashtoreth goddesses: gods of Aram, Sidon, and Moab; gods of the Ammonites and the Philistines. They just walked off and left God, quit worshiping him." (Judges 10:6-8)
Watching the program, I kept wondering, "Why doesn't God defend himself? Why doesn't He bring forth irrefutable evidence?" In the end, evolution won, largely, because they traced intelligent design back to Christian roots.
In our passage today, there is a consequence to "doing evil in God's sight."
"And God exploded in hot anger at Israel and sold them off to the Philistines and Ammonites, who, beginning that year, bullied and battered the People of Israel mercilessly. For eighteen years they had them under their thumb, all the People of Israel who lived east of the Jordan in the Amorite country of Gilead. 9 Then the Ammonites crossed the Jordan to go to war also against Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim. Israel was in a bad way!"
"Bullied and battered... mercilessly." Hmm.
Is there a parallel to what our country is going through right now?
There was a solution then, and there is a solution now. 10 "The People of Israel cried out to God for help: "We've sinned against you! We left our God and worshiped the Baal gods!"
11 -14 God answered the People of Israel: "When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines, Sidonians—even Amalek and Midian!—oppressed you and you cried out to me for help, I saved you from them. And now you've gone off and betrayed me, worshiping other gods. I'm not saving you anymore. Go ahead! Cry out for help to the gods you've chosen—let them get you out of the mess you're in!"
15 The People of Israel said to God: "We've sinned. Do to us whatever you think best, but please, get us out of this!"
16 Then they cleaned house of the foreign gods and worshiped only God. And God took Israel's troubles to heart."
Or in the words of a later passage: "If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I'll be there ready for you: I'll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health." (2 Chronicles 7:12-14)