Judges 17:1-4 (HCSB)

 There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Micah. He said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver taken from you, and that I heard you utter a curse about — here, I have the silver with me. I took it. So now I return it to you.”
Then his mother said, “My son, you are blessed by the Lord!”
 He returned the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, “I personally consecrate the silver to the Lord for my son’s benefit to make a carved image overlaid with silver.” So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took five pounds of silver and gave it to a silversmith. He made it into a carved image overlaid with silver, and it was in Micah’s house.

     This story shocks us with the level of morality displayed by God’s people who SEEM TO THINK THEY ARE HONORING GOD!
  1. Michael steals a boatload of silver from his own mother (28 pounds of it!)
  2. Micah’s mother curses the thief.
  3. Micah confesses, his mother’s response: “You are blessed of The Lord!”
  4. The mother “consecrates the silver (actually only part of it) to The Lord TO MAKE A GRAVEN IMAGE—thereby disobeying the 4th commandment.

     Both the mother and Micah seem to think that they are honoring The Lord by their behavior, while in reality they are disobeying him in so many ways.  This displays a level of morality in which disobedience to God’s commands is seen as obedience and  dishonoring him as honoring him.
     We would do well to pay attention to Judges because we live in a day when parts of the church are rapidly following in the footsteps of Micah and his mother.  We compromise with sin.  We disobey God’s commands all the while claiming to honor him.  We are unfamiliar with what he has called us to be, and we reflect the morality of our times, all while patting ourselves on the back about how godly we are.  Scary.