The first problem we have to address is ignorance or lack of knowledge. Most people do not even know they have a worldview. They live a “row row row your boat gently down the stream” mentality, not knowing there is a waterfall ahead!
In Hosea, God is speaking to His children Israel who left His Word and way, both people and priests. As American Christians, God’s children, I am concerned we have the same situation. Both priests and people have gone away from God’s Word and ways because they have a lack of knowledge of God’s Word (the Bible).
Many are teaching, preaching, and following a socialized gospel to fit today’s culture, not to fit God’s Word! The further away we got from His truth, righteousness and justice, the greater the iniquity and sin. And gradually, the more “normal” it seems to live that way! Know that God will discipline, correct, and punish His people/children when they go astray. He is a GOOD Father! He is trying to keep us close and safe. His love and justice compels Him! He will still treat America and Israel the same today when their priests, leaders, and people reject Him, His Word, His ways! We need to heed warning! Listen to the correction of the Lord…..
Hosea 4:1, 6-10, “Hear the word of the Lord, You children of Israel,
For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land:
“There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land……
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
The more they increased (prospered),
The more they sinned against Me;
I will change their glory into shame.
They eat up the sin of My people;
They set their heart on their iniquity.
And it shall be: like people, like priest.
So I will punish them for their ways,
And reward them for their deeds.
For they shall eat, but not have enough;
They shall commit harlotry, but not increase;
Because they have ceased obeying the Lord.”
Their worldview was supposed to be the chosen people of God, the children of Abraham, the inhabitants of the Promised Land, the Hebrew nation; yet, they no longer knew in truth what that meant or the standards of truth that applied to that worldview. They had forsaken the Word of God! It is very dangerous to say you stand for something when you really do not know what or for whom you are standing! It is a path for deception…..and that leads to destruction. God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”. They no longer had knowledge of God’s Word and truth!
How often do we actually go to God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to find truth? Do you spend time reading and studying the Bible? Are we being destroyed in America due to the lack of the knowledge of truth found in God’s Word?
This is a serious question for each individual. It is not enough to just belong to a Christian church group and follow what that leader says, claiming a religious Christian worldview. What you hear might sound good, but what if the group or leader is wrong (maybe misled himself) and is not speaking God’s Word of truth? What if they are right about some things and wrong about others? How do you know what to believe is real truth?
One day, we will be accountable to God for ourselves and our own actions. Saying “because so-and-so said it was OK” will not be an excuse. What matters is what God says! He is right. He is sovereign. He is just. He is truth. He has given us His Word. It is available! We are called to follow Him. What is YOUR worldview? What do YOU believe? Are YOU being deceived due to lack of knowledge of His Word and ways? Are you floating down the stream of life never really giving it much thought…therefore headed for the waterfall of destruction? How will YOU find TRUTH and establish a true worldview to live and die by? Do you know the truth about God’s Christian worldview?