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Life Without God

I remember clearly the day when I first saw the sign ďGod is Dead.Ē About 30 years ago, I was traveling on I-65 headed north to Indiana with my family. My mind was in neutral and I was somewhere else in ďnever-never landĒ as you sometimes get when you are driving on a long trip. It startled me so as if I had fallen asleep at the wheel. In a sense, thatís where I was. I had fallen asleep at the wheel of life and living it as if God were dead.

In our society it seems that we are devoid of God. The headlines on our daily newspaper and the evening news explain what Iím trying to say. Itís seems that everyoneís pursuit is in self-gratification. Itís about Ďwho I amí and not about Ďwho anybody else isí. We have a world that worships self without regard to another person.

But you know it still shocks our system when we hear of a 10-year-old that sexually molests a 3-year-old and then brutally murders him. Itís shocks our system still when a protective authority figure releases a child that has been abused back to its abusive mother. At her hands, the child is suffocated to death. It stills shocks our system when we hear of killings in cold blood right in our own community. It still shocks our system to know that our youth is sexually active and have no fear of becoming pregnant. It still shocks our system when a young, unmarried, college student couple deals with an unwanted pregnancy by delivering the child in a Motel 6 room and throwing it in the trash to die. It still shocks our system to read and to hear these kinds of stories.

But the reality of it all is that we live in a generation of young people being raised to consider themselves and combining that with junk food, junk movies, and just plain junk. We are raising a generation that thinks of nothing but itself. The old three Rís of our old school system; reading, writing, arithmetic has now become the three Gís; games, guns, and getting high. Smoking, swallowing, injecting, and sniffing are the many things that our kids are into today to take them out of reality into themselves and away from God.

Life wasnít much different in the days of Judges. For those of you who are reading through the Bible, got a mind full of things that happened in the times of Judges. And for those of you that have read this morningís section wonder how much more horrific can you get than in the times of Judges? Itís a life literally without God.

In chapter 17:6 says there was no king in Israel and everyone did as they saw fit in their own mind. This phrase is going to come up several times. As a matter of fact, the book ends that way; ďIn those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.Ē Just looking after self! But in reality, there was a king and His name was God. But the people lived as if there were no God.
So what is life without God? Look at chapter 2 of Judges and examine what life is without God, sin reigns. When sin reigns, there