This has been true for the whole world in these late days of the church. This was also foretold. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come" (II Timothy 3:1). At any time in history that people depart from God, sad consequences follow.
This is not generally believed. Many refuse to admit the serious problems that threaten us today Concern over health grows daily in the media with fears of a flu pandemic and of new untreatable diseases. Our once secure Island with unlocked doors now guards against thieves day and night. School shootings and drive-by slayings are becoming familiar news items in Canada and the US. The fabric of society is becoming unraveled with the growing contempt for morals and traditional family values. The growing burden of debt at every strata threatens us with financial collapse. There are problems like we have never known in our world. "Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers" (Joel 1:2).
Others do not believe that a departure from God has really happened. Yet church is rarely attended by a large number of people. And where churches still are open, only a facade of the original Christianity remains. Neither people nor preacher believe any more in the Bible or live by it. God has been evicted from His house.
For many, this Scripture from Deuteronomy is not a concern for the simple reason they do not believe there is a God, much less one who deals with this world about sin. Nevertheless, we are warned of the infinitely solemn consequences of rejecting God's chosen Messiah and His gift to the world, the Lord Jesus Christ.