The Story: Asaph can see where Israel’s present corruption will lead. Indeed, in his mind the situation is already tending toward ruin and desolation. False gods – brought by Solomon’s wives – have found a home in the temple courts, and they are beginning to infect the worship of the nation and the sanctity of God’s house. What must follow is the complete obliteration of true worship and the desecration of the temple, the city, and the entire nation. Asaph is under no illusions about the agenda of spiritual forces of wickedness. They will not share a space with the true God; rather, having infiltrated His precincts and captured the hearts of His rulers, they must continue to hack away at all that is sacred, until only devastation remains. Did the people of Israel share Asaph’s concern? Apparently not. Did this lead him to change his message, to accommodate their interests or need? Not in the least.
The Structure: Our fallen world is overgrown by a kudzu-like pop culture. It smothers everything, eradicating the forms on which it grows and replacing them with itself, so that only the barest outlines of worship and discipleship remain. The contemporary Church, having sold its heritage for a pop culture worship and worldly programs and management, may be appealing to many “seekers”, but not in a way that leads them to know true religion or a proper relationship with the living God. A younger generation of evangelical believers in all communions evidences a longing for ancient ways and paths, but few church leaders are heeding their cries. And every preacher, writer, or leader who raises his voice against the contemporary status quo is ignored, vilified, or shouted down by pastors who point to numbers and “growth” as evidence of their “success.” The kudzu of the world spirit is taking root in the hearts of believers all over this nation; now, more than ever, we need to heed the words of Asaph and examine our ways, before it is too late.
In what ways have pop culture and systems of management derived from the world taken root in your church? Is this a good thing? Why or why not?
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