Judges 3:7 NLT (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%203:7&version=NLT)
The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. They forgot about the Lord their God, and they served the images of Baal and the Asherah poles.
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So this is pretty straight forward. God's people did evil (notice 'did evil' and not 'were evil'). They forgot about God. Its not like they decided 'Oh, I know God doesn't like this. Let's do it!' They altogether forgot about their Creator, who had brought them out of trial after trial!
But we do the same thing, don't we? We forget about God's commandments for us. Sometimes we look at them and knowingly disobey them, but other times we just forget. Which is worse?
We can't make that judgment, only God can, and He considers all sins to be equally bad.
In our lives, we need to remember that forgetting about God is a sin, just like deliberately disobeying Him is.
In His Service,
Response Question: What kinds of images do we serve today?