About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
King Josiah ruled
the southern kingdom
In 586 B.C., just
twenty three years after
There is an
interesting point to consider here. Understanding
that Israel's demise was an act of God's judgment, it is obvious to me
that the legislative reforms that King Josiah instituted in Israel did not
take hold on Jewish culture, and thus the reason for Israel's fall in 586
I have always
maintained that legislating morality or godliness into a culture does not
mean that the culture will become Biblically moral and godly.
You cannot legislate sin out of existence.
Neither can you legislate godliness into existence.
The removal of sin and the implementation of godliness is a matter
of the heart. It is not a
matter of government legislation or legalities as was clearly seen in Israel
under King Josiah's rule. This
fact is relevant in our present social/political climate, and it is
especially relevant in America today.
There is much
excitement among American Evangelical Christians these days.
Their hope and belief is that their present government and a
revamped Supreme Court can legislate sin out of American culture in order
to restore their nation to the Christian values it once embraced.
I suggest that even considering the present political atmosphere
legislative reforms and changes in the law of the land cannot change the
human heart. Culture changes
when the hearts of people in the culture change. In
Biblical terms this change is realized by a positive response to the
preaching of the gospel under the inspiration and influence of the Holy
There may well be
some legislative reforms and court
rulings that reflect Biblical thought in America's near future, but unless there is a heart-felt change in individual
Americans towards the gospel of Christ, there will be no change in
culture. What happened to