Do Not Assimilate

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you, and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire.” Deuteronomy 7:1-5.

God is not content to be a competing idea in the intellectual marketplace. Nor is He the first among equals. He wants those idols destroyed, along with their worshippers.

Today, we are under a different covenant that is based on better promises (Hebrews 8:6). We are bearers of glad tidings of great joy. Because of Jesus, and what He did for us, our sins are no longer counted against us. We bring good news!

What hasn’t changed is how God feels about idols. Through Christ, God has reconciled us to Himself. And like a man being reconciled to an adulterous spouse, He is not agreeing to let the boyfriend move back in with her. She is being restored to be faithful again.

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