Joshua, approaching the end of his life, gathering Israel together, confronted them with the challenge, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” He did not say, “Choose whom you will worship.” That is part of it, but the word “serve,” coming from the Hebrew root for “slave,” is far more inclusive and demanding. That choice would determine what kind of nation they would have.
We find ourselves confronted with the same choice as individuals and as a nation. The gods of our present society were introduced in the sixties. The mantra, “You have a right to do your own thing,” led to the god of autonomy. “If it feels good, do it,” led to the god of sex.”
We must choose whether we will worship autonomy or commit ourselves to live God’s way. Many today assert, “I believe in God. I just don’t like organized religion.” That is just a pseudo-spiritual form of autonomy. Serving God means obedience to Scripture regarding worship.
We must also decide whether we will serve God or sex. Many who claim commitment to God engage in cohabitation, adultery, pornography, and other practices that violate Scripture. Many others serve the God of sex by watching sexually explicit movies and other types of entertainment that implicate them in sex-worship.
Joshua gives guidance to help Israel make its choice. Do you want to serve the Lord who enabled you to conquer this land or the gods of the people whom you defeated? Ours is a similar choice. Will we choose the God who made America strong and prosperous or the gods that since the 60s have brought America to chaos and ruin?
Choose today whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.