by Dan Lentz
1. Have you ever functioned as an activist for a cause? If you have, write your cause on an 8 ½” x 11″ piece of paper in big letters (like a picket sign). Share your sign with the group and explain what your experience was like. If you haven’t been an activist, but could have the chance to actively support one of your favorite causes, what would it be? (Examples include: reducing world hunger, helping abused children, lowering taxes, healthcare for Third-World countries, and so on.) Write your response in large letters on a piece of paper and share it with the group.
Read Judges 2:11-19.
2. What were some of the consequences the Israelites faced because of their idolatry?
3. As a group, develop a “top 10 list” of things/ideas/persons people worship today. Do you see any consequences we are suffering in our culture as a result of our own idolatry?
4. What can we do individually and as a group to keep our corner of the culture from turning to evil practices and stubborn ways? How can we become activists against idolatry?
5. Break into smaller groups of two to four people and assign each group one of the following prayer topics: schools, state and local governments, media outlets, federal government, financial authorities, and the judicial system.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.