Have you ever said something along the lines of, “I read today, well it was online so who knows if it’s true…” and then you go on with your little nugget of questionable “truth”. We live in a world where we have so much information at our fingertips, but has that made us any smarter? In Hosea 4 the writer is explaining how Israel is being destroyed due to a lack of knowledge. Because of our access to technology, doesn’t it seem like we should be better off than the children of Israel were?
In his book, What Americans Believe, George Barna cites several fascinating statistics based off a national survey he conducted. In this survey he asked people who claimed to be “Born Again“ questions about religion. Here are a couple of astonishing findings- In chapter four he states, “The Devil, or Satan, is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” Then asking that same group of “born again” believers, he states, “Do you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly with that statement?” The Born Again population reply with 32 percent agreeing strongly, 11 percent agreeing somewhat and 5 percent did not know. Thus, of the total number responding, 48 percent either agreed that Satan is only symbolic or did not know! Should it then be surprising that a few pages later Barna would receive some very startling responses? His next question, “Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and others all pray to the same God, even though they use different names for that God.” Again, the respondents were asked to agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or disagree strongly. Of that population surveyed who identified themselves as Born Again, 30 percent agreed strongly, 18 percent agreed somewhat and 12 percent did not know. That is a total of 60 percent believing (Or not knowing) in one same God! (What Americans Believe, pp. 206-212). I’m curious if these same questions were asked of the youth groups across America, what would their responses be?
In Hosea 4:1-5 , the writer reproves for immorality and idolatry. There was no truth, mercy, or knowledge of God in the land. In verses 6-11 we see that even the priests rejected knowledge. We should be extremely grateful Pastor Dan takes the preaching of the whole Bible seriously. He does not shy away from preaching against certain topics to appease the crowds or because it may make some uncomfortable. There are far too many churches whose only goal is to fill the seats. I believe God has blessed Anthony Baptist Church because of the unadulterated preaching and teaching. In verses 12-19 of Hosea 4, we see the results of the lack of knowledge. Their spiritual harlotry gave way to physical harlotry. What a horrible, wicked thought!
My friend, this does not have to be our future. We can make a difference in this world, but it all starts with first studying and memorizing scriptures then sharing that true knowledge to the next generation. Let’s not walk around like a destroyed people. God has given us the tools to thrive, but it must be in God’s way or it won’t happen.