October 1st. Wow. Not sure what to think about that. The stores are full of Christmas stuff already. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to enjoy the day when we are trying to get more and more of tomorrow in earlier and earlier. Sometimes I wonder if the Amish have the right idea when they seem to have dropped completely out of the rat race. I’m sure they have their problems, but they certainly have chosen another path.
It’s hard to ignore the latest fiasco of our nation. One political party is in an uproar because the other party is in an uproar. By now, shouldn’t our representatives understand that their own side is just as corrupt and self-serving as the other? Shouldn’t they all be ashamed of themselves? What’s more incredible that ours is a nation that was founded on these famous words and principles:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
It would seem to me that if we have crooked politicians, it should be easy enough to get rid of them. Right? Yet, we don’t. In fact, it seems to me that the more outrageously corrupt one is, the more secure their tenure. Does it not? And, maybe while our own representative may not seem nearly as bad as the ringleaders, they certainly do not demonstrate any willingness to step outside of favor of those leaders. In other words, our governing body is unwilling or unable to uphold even the Preamble of our Constitution.
There simply is no shame.
Why do we put up with them? Why do we allow corruption to be “how government is run”? I think the answer lies in our own heart. Although we like to point fingers, seldom do we like to take a deep look at our own motives and behavior. Why should we expect our politicians to act any different than the body who elected them?
Like I wrote last week, my bible plan just wrapped up Isaiah, now we are going through Jeremiah. I can’t see how we can escape the same judgement that was written for God’s own chosen people:
Jeremiah 9:9 Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?
Our country needs more people boldly proclaiming the gospel, not fewer. We need more men and women speaking truth to a wicked, adulterous nation. Will they listen? Maybe. Nineveh did. If we remember our bible lessons, we recall that Jonah was sent but he didn’t want God to forgive that nation. I hope that isn’t the case for believers today. Will our nation listen? That’s God’s concern. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t. Our job is to proclaim the gospel, even if they won’t.
7:27-28 “So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. And you shall say to them, “This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.
No, I don’t think we are supposed to hide from society. I think we, true believers, are supposed to meet it head on with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Father, grant us courage. Amen.
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