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TODAY 02/12/12 in the One Year Bible
by Stan Parker
Exodus 34:12-16 (ESV)
 Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst.  You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim  (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God),  lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice,  and you take of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters whore after their gods and make your sons whore after their gods.
Like Israel, I live among a people, a culture, which has all kinds of practices that are offensive to God, not to mention a culture that on the omission side neglects the priorities of God!
That which is popular around me is NOT popular with God!
That which is a priority around me is not a priority to God!
That which is celebrated...
often gets the exact opposite reaction from God!
The question is, what reaction does it get from ME?!
Do I align with or live in opposition against that which my nation applauds but over which God weeps?
Do I even know what those things are?
Or am I the frog in the kettle that has just unconsciously adapted over time?