The other day I saw a link to an article called “Ten Shekels and a Shirt”. Since I had just read through Judges last week it caught my eye so I clicked on the link to check it out. Wow!
The passage was Judges 17-18 about a Levite who went off to seek his fortune and ended up being invited by a guy to set up a shrine. The salary offered was room and board, ten shekels, and a suite of clothes. Some time later the Danites arrived and they made him an even better offer, one he couldn’t refuse.
The rest of the sermon was basically contrasting two world views:
… let me summarize. Christianity says,”The end of all being is the glory of God.” Humanism says, “The end of all being is the happiness of man.”
And one was born in Hell, the deification of man. AND THE OTHER WAS BORN IN HEAVEN, THE GLORIFICATION OF GOD! And one is Levite serving Micah, and the other is a heart that’s unworthy serving the living God, because it’s the highest honor in the universe.
Which world view do you have? You might be suprised, even shocked. He shows that it is not just society at large but churches, missions, and we as individual Christians have drunk very deep at the well of humanism and probably don’t even know it.
This sermon was preached over 40 years ago but is far more relevant today than it even was then.