What ever happened to the hunger for God’s Word? And, who today “fears the Word of the Lord?”
For many years people came to church hungry to hear what God was saying to them personally and to the family of God of which they were a part. During the week they regularly read their bible, learned the basic stories, memorized key verses, and became aware of the interaction of God with His people and the world He created by reading and knowing the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Sermons were an hour or more. Worship assemblies happened Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night. Often there was a prayer meeting (sometimes all night) on the Friday. Every event spotlighted God’s Word.
Today it seems we struggle to attend regularly – once a week. In fact, regular is now defined as once or twice a month and no longer weekly. Regular bible reading has faded to occasional or not at all. Memorizing the Word generally has all but disappeared. And, the sermons are now 25 to 30 minutes or less. Christians are now bible illiterates and often don’t see God’s Word as authoritative in their lives. It is now simply something to ignore or to consider along with many other options and opinions.
Meanwhile, in almost every nation the moral standards are declining, human life seems to have lost its value, emotional health has generally declined almost as fast as mental health has. People are doing, as they did in the day of the Judges in the Old Testament, “Whatever seems right in their own eyes.” And, once again, the Bible proves to be accurate when it states that “every person will live in a way that seems right to them but the end is death.”
The decline in the knowledge of God’s Word and the place of God’s Word as an authority in and for life has been rapid. So has the decline in the moral standards in the nations and the rise of ungodliness. And, as Jesus told us in the gospel according to Matthew “the love of many will grow cold.” The love here in the Greek is “agape” which only Christians can have as this is defined as “God’s love.” So, in the midst of this moral decline and decay many Christians will “lose their first love” and find themselves drifting from Jesus and His Word, the Truth, the Bible.
It is time for the true Church to defend the true faith and stop bowing to the pressures of society and the culture. Otherwise, like the Churches in the Book of Revelation we will see God remove His presence and power from our assemblies assuming it has not already happened.