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February 24, 2010

Prognosticators, Forecasters, Speculators, and the Decline of Civilization

Deuteronomy 18:12-14 (NKJV)
For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you.


So much of the culture today is shaped by editorialized information. News correspondents are hired to present speculation as fact. The more outlandish and abrasive their opinions, the more influence they yield. Investment bankers and Wall Street brokers sell educated “hunches” as commodity for which they are handsomely paid. Our nation’s policies are shaped by forecasts and projections, many of which have proven to be less effective than guessing. So much of life is influenced by well meaning people who are simply trying to find a way to tell the future. No matter how well educated their experience or well-meaning their intentions, their efforts fall short, often with devastating results.

The Lord warns his people against developing any structure – governmental, environmental, financial, social – that does not place Him clearly at the center of any policy or action. God clearly points out the self-serving yet futile natures of the nations surrounding Israel. He warns them not to be influenced by their processes. In fact, God promises to drive these nations them out of their lands. This is so when Israel possesses the land, they also implement a completely new structure and system; one that is dependant upon God, and not mankind’s delusional attempts for self governance and self reliance.

The church can even get caught up in the “talking head” approach to life. We can place issues ahead of individuals, policy ahead of people. But God calls us to live blameless. God invites us to live dependant. God frees us to live obediently.

Lord, dispossess us of from our self-importance. Drive out the abomination of self-serving pride from my life that I may live in the promise you’ve appointed for me.

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