Hos 4:1-2 Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
For nearly two centuries Israel consistently grew more and more worldly. Hosea is warning them that God has had enough. The first charge is that they have forgotten God. He then goes on to charge them with a variety of broken commandments. We break God’s laws when we turn from Him and abandon our relationship with Him. If the kings, priests and people loved the Lord they would seek to find and follow His commandments. In their abandonment of God they grew more and more wicked until they became little better to God than the surrounding nations. Western civilization, however imperfect, has had the powerful influence of Christ through the church in its development for many centuries. By nearly any measure it can be shown that Christianity is growing weaker by the day in America and much of Europe. In its place we see love for fellow man replaced by corporate greed and political corruption. One war follows the last with every form of evil and bloodshed following bloodshed.