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Judges 21:25

2015 Frieda P. Smith

For those of us who spend time reading the Bible, there are verses that find their way into our memory banks. Whether they have encouraged us at a particular time or were drilled into us as children—like the Ten Commandments or the Lord’s Prayer—we know where to find them and we remember them.

Interestingly, when reading the Old Testament for a seminary class, I remember reading the very last verse of Judges, which is found in the 21st chapter, 25th verse, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

After reading that one verse, I said to myself, “That must have been a mess!”

You see, the position of a king in Israel represented leadership, not just governmental but spiritual. It was the king with whom the Lord God communicated. If there was no king, it meant there was no communication between the Lord and the people. Hence, the people were not hearing from the Lord, they were governing themselves, and the text says they did what was right in their own eyes. Lord have mercy!

Imagine being able to do what is right in your own eyes. In essence, if you can justify a reason for doing something or having something or saying something, hey, go for it!

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Our world is a mess right now, because so many people are doing what is right in their own eyes, even some of the present-day “kings,” those who are in the position of spiritual leadership!

People are sleeping with whomever they please; people are killing whomever they please; politicians are belittling whomever they please; nothing is “censored” on television anymore. Actors (if that is what they are called these days) say whatever they want, do whatever they want, and behave however they want.

It seems that so many people are doing what is right in their own eyes.

However, our world will remain doomed until we realize that our eyes cannot be trusted to make life-altering decisions, ever.

Think about it. How many times has “eye-witness” testimony resulted in a conviction that caused innocent men and women to spend years on death row or even be put to death, only to discover years later through DNA testing the “eye-witness” was wrong?

Let’s keep it real. How many times have we made decisions based on what we saw—a good-looking man or woman, a pretty car, a nice house—only to discover later that everything that glitters is truly not gold? Our eyes cannot be trusted. They will deceive us every time.

This message is a call for Christians everywhere to resist the worldly temptation to do what is right in our own eyes and for The Church to stand strong and align ourselves under Godly spiritual leadership that will not compromise Biblical Truth for political purposes or social acceptance.

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