The choice before you today is not – will you worship? But rather, whom will you worship?
We kid ourselves if we think we’re somehow more cultured than the Canaanites. That we’ve somehow created a ‘non-worship’ option; that ‘secular’ even exists. For choosing between the Lord, and Baal, and the hill gods, read choosing between the Lord, and Mammon, and sex / our stomachs / celebrity / others aka the Hollywood gods.
We have our choice and we will sacrifice ourselves to it, and throw our children in for good measure. It’s who we are. We’ll bring our offerings, experience our intoxication, listen to our priests, hold on to our holy texts, and visit our high places. We cannot help but worship.
Joshua serves us by making the choice stark:
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshipped beyond the Euphrates river and in Egypt and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
Whom will you serve?