by Burt Jones, M.A.
My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, and thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (Hosea 4:6)
Lack of knowledge can be a killer. Not knowing the danger of electricity can be fatal. Not knowing that a bridge has been washed out could result in death. Not knowing the disastrous consequences of rejecting the Gospel can destroy precious souls and will cause nations to fall (Prov. 14:34). Hosea, who prophesied during the time of Amos, warned the Israelites that their lack of moral and spiritual knowledge would bring about their doom. Multitudes are destroying themselves and their nations through immoral conduct. They have no excuse for not knowing that they are courting disaster (Isaiah 30:9-10). They do not know because they have chosen to close their eyes to the Truth.
Fifty years ago, marriage was known as a sacred institution. Homosexual practices were recognized as perversion. The general public had absolutely no problem in identifying abortion as murder. But how far have we come today? Unfortunately, it has been in the wrong direction. The result – thousands of emotionally scarred children; unprecedented numbers of suicides; jails bursting at the same time; an AIDS epidemic.
The Bible must be used as a road map to keep us from the detours of sin. We must submit to the Lord. We are compelled to seek Him while He may be found (Proverbs 8:17). Ignoranc is not bliss!
Brad Harrub & Burt Jones (2004), Diamonds in the Rough (Montgomery, AL: Harrub Publishing), p. 7-8.