Evangelicals are being badly beaten in the culture war. Prior to the 1980’s most Americans took a biblical view on homosexuality while today Christian bakers have been fined and driven out of business for not celebrating it.
This morning as I read about the sin of Achan, I was struck with the seriousness of his transgression. Joshua 6:19 says, “But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the LORD; they shall go into the treasury of the LORD.” In effect Achan stole the goods hidden under his tent stole out of the Lord’s treasury.
In response, God held the entire nation guilty. Joshua 7:1 states, “But the people of Israel broke faith in regard to the devoted things….” In Joshua 7:11 the Lord says, “Israel has sinned.” This national guilt is graphically confirmed by Israel’s loss in battle to Ai and the death of 36 warriors.
I wonder if many evangelicals are not hiding funds from God’s treasury in their garages and living rooms, etc.
Many of God’s people give generously, just as many of the people of Israel at Jericho gave the Lord what was His. My concern is that, as with Achan, many evangelicals are using what belongs to the Lord for their own purposes. Christianity Today cited a study indicating that evangelicals give churches only about 4% of their income. While many give to causes outside their church, chances are slim that this accounts for the other 6% of their tithe. Evangelicals debate whether New Testament believers are obliged to tithe, but should we give less under grace than under law, and the Old Testament actually required substantially more than 10%.
Are evangelicals being beaten in the culture war because contemporary Achans are stealing from God’s treasury and hiding it under their tents?