Thou Shalt Not--Maybe

The Book of Judges gives us a glimpse of the mess men make when they do what our modern culture is doing. This 1-minute devotion explains.

Fifty years ago, Time Magazine published an article titled "The New Commandment: Thou Shalt Not--Maybe." 

The article talked about the "new morality" and the belief that God didn't really want people to "conform to a fixed divine design" but He wanted people to make their own decisions about right and wrong.(1)

Since that time, divorce, rape, abortion, child pornography, sexually-transmitted diseases, child abuse, homosexuality, and transgenderism have dramatically increased.

But this "new morality" isn't actually new. During the time of the judges the people in Israel also made their own decisions about right and wrong. Scripture puts it this way: "everyone did as they saw fit" (Judges 21:25). 

It didn't work out well for the people in Judges, and it's not working out well for us.

Today, as in the time of the Judges, God needs truth-speakers like the prophet Samuel who grieved and prayed for the people's hearts. 

So let's step up to the plate and stand firmly and lovingly for what was right, no matter how popular the new-old morality becomes.

(1) Time Magazine, "The New Commandment: Thou Shalt Not--Maybe" 12-13-71. 

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What the Bible Says About Transgenderism
What the Bible Says About Homosexuality

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The Book of Judges gives us a glimpse of the mess men make when they do what our modern culture is doing. This 1-minute devotion explains.


  1. This and "God wants us to be happy" teachings are so prevalent among American believers. How do we stand against it and not be divisive within a church family?

  2. "'God needs truth-speakers", that really caught my attention. God has been bringing this to my attention lately, not because I don't do this but because I need to do it more often. Sometimes I believe that in trying to speak the truth about God and what his teachings are, we become overly concerned with not offending others, but the truth of this matter is that the Gospel is an offensive and divisive message. The Gospel shows us just how "messed up" we really are and we certainly don't want to come face to face with that. As Christians we have to try our best to live out, speak out, and stand up for the truth, but always with love and respect for others. Thanks for sharing this awesome post!