no king

in those days there was no king in israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

i pretty soon came to dread the above sentence as i read the book of judges because it was accompanied by stories of gross immorality and total disregard for God. the people denied Him, worshipped idols, indulged in perversity and God delivered the due punishment. yet, time and time again, He also spared those who called out to Him.

we are living in times where we roam in pseudo-freedom, with no king in our lives. everything is subject to relativity – rape is not as bad as murder, stealing is not the same as telling a lie. what works for you may not work for me, so don’t shove it down my throat. we do what is right in our own eyes, we rationalise and compromise.

it’s disturbing to remember what happened to the people after every mention of the sentence above. it’s even more disturbing to know that we’re headed in the same direction.

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