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“Who Did Not Know the Lord”

“And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers.  And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel” Judges 2:10.  History repeats itself, as the expression goes, and I have often seen a comparison of God’s people in the book of Judges with His church in 21st century America.  It has been at least a generation here since the majority of Americans attended worship services regularly.  Judeo-Christian principles were woven into our founding, and the US was considered a Christian nation.  With the rise of secularism, though, a knowledge of God and the gospel leeched from the fabric, so that biblical illiteracy is pervasive among the younger generations.  Those who grew up in the forty years of wandering in the wilderness and survived to take their parents’ and grandparents’ places were too busy conquering the Promised Land to teach their children that which was most essential.  It was not when our pioneer forebears who were busy pulling stumps and planting crops that the children were not taught, it seems, but distractions in a period of leisure that took them away.  Who do you teach to know Jesus?