The Church and God’s Law (40)

You shall not worship their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their deeds; but you shall utterly overthrow them and break their sacred pillars in pieces. But you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst (Ex.23:24, 25).

Right from the Exodus, Israel was perennially plagued by polytheism. It was indeed a severe lapse when Aaron acquiesced in moulding the golden calf when Moses was up on Sinai (Ex.32:1-4), but in the historical context, the idolatry wasn’t atypical. Israel was certainly religious (like every nation always has been) but her religion was rarely one based on faithfulness to the God of scripture.

The days of the judges were mainly ones of idolatrous compromise, judgment and anarchy. Before Saul became king, Samuel commanded the people to “…remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the Lord and serve Him alone…” (I Sam.7:3).

Solomon fell away to idolatry in his later years (I Kings 11:4-6), and before long Israel was back where it had been when Moses ascended Sinai: worshipping the golden calves which Jeroboam had moulded for political purposes (I Kings 12:25-33).

The later deportation to Assyria was a judgment for idolatry, for Israel “…walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs of the kings of Israel which they had introduced” (II Kings 17:8).

Israel’s most degraded act of idolatry came at Jesus’ trial, when Israel’s leaders acknowledged their allegiance to Rome over God. When the chief priests answered Pilate’s question, “shall I crucify your king?” they answered “we have no king but Caesar” (Jn.19:15).

Monotheism has an outcome completely different to polytheism. If there are limitless gods, then there will be limitless laws to be obeyed. But the exclusive worship of the one true God means that there will be one view of law-His view.

Multiculturalism is a cultural consequence of polytheism, for culture is a consequence of religion. Thus monotheism leads to the rejection of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism essentially says, “anything is acceptable,” because all religions are acceptable, or at least can be tolerated. To say this is chaotic or confusing, is to be kind.

Multiculturalism as an educational doctrine will produce nothing but confusion and demoralisation…it is really nothing more than a transitional stage in the changeover from one dominant culture to another.[1]

Every nation needs much more than simply monotheism. It has to be monotheism of the Biblical kind. When we are faithful in serving God, His promises come to fulfilment on our behalf: He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.

[1] Sam Blumenfield, “Revolution via Education,” 2009, p.163.

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