“Rise up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, for thus the Lord, the God of Israel, has said, There are thing under the ban in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you have removed the things under the ban from your midst’” (Joshua 7:13).
God’s greater concern isn’t the destruction of his enemies but the consecration of his people; the sanctity of our identity as a covenant people. In a day when the prevailing message of American pulpits seems to be a spewing forth regarding the depravity of the world, it’s time we awaken to the reality that the responsibility of Christian living belongs to the church alone. The world behaves just as those of an unregenerate condition should. Raising our voice against something is a poor substitute for raising our standard and being what we are suppose to be as the church–a consecrated presence.