"My People Love It So!"
Unless you are totally clueless, you have to be
aware that there are multiple problems in our nation. Why does it seem that
more and more people are embracing sin? Jeremiah faced the same questions in
his day, and gave us the answer. Jeremiah 5:30-31: "An appalling and
horrible thing has happened in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and
the priests rule on their own authority; and My people love it so!..."
This passage explains what has happened to the people, and why. The sad fact
is that the exact same thing has happened in our world. The problems that faced
Israel of old are documented in such a way that we should be able to see when
the things start, and hopefully stem the tide or change our course before utter
destruction takes place. We have not learned the lessons of history, so we are
repeating these lessons. Let us learn from Jeremiah what the problems are and
recognize those problems. It may be too late to keep our nation from going down,
but it is never too late for anyone to return to God, as long as they live.
The first problem is the fact that God speaking through Jeremiah focused the majority of the problem on the spiritual leaders of the land. They failed to do what God wanted them to do. Their job was to keep the people focused upon doing God's will. The people were rebellious towards God and demanded the prophets speak smooth words (Isaiah 30:10-12) to them. The people did not want to hear about their sin, but they sure were not willing to give it up either. Rather than lose a major portion of their donors, the priests, pastors, reverends, fathers and so forth gave in and started teaching that what God considers a sin, is no longer a sin. If you want to get involved in any sin, you may do so. This pleased the people then, and it pleases them now.
Also, we see that the job of the preacher is to guide people to be obedient to God. These days, the preachers are event coordinators, family counselors, ball-team coaches, and community organizers. There are several men we see in the news who are crying for social justice. When was the last time you even heard a scripture quoted by these people? When have you ever heard them ask the people to kneel down and pray to God? When have you ever heard them teach a spiritual message that encouraged people to be kind to one-another? The preachers of the land just glossed over the entire text of the Bible and fell upon a few texts to help these people continue in sin without feeling guilty.
These days, everything that God calls an abomination is embraced and promoted by so many people (even those spiritual leaders; those who claim to be priests of God, teachers of the word, spiritual guides, and even God's spokesperson on earth). Such sins are embraced by political parties and those who disagree are labeled bigots and racists. The condemnation issued by so many is not against the sin, but against those who call it a sin. The condemnation is called for (and supported by many) against anyone who would quote scripture, or express moral views as issued by God.
A glance at the news feeds these days show church leaders embracing abortion, fornication in all its forms, embracing religions not recognizing Jesus Christ as Lord, denying the existence of God, using foul speech, and promoting whatever the people want.
There will be a price to be paid for this. Eventually everyone will stand before God and give an account of their actions. Their actions will be compared to the word of God, and if they failed, they will be cast into eternal darkness. The only people who have a chance at heaven are those who sought and embraced the message of God and did what God considers righteous acts.
Proverbs 16:2 reads "every man's ways are right in his own eyes".
Until we have an awakening and people return to God, there will be no improvement in our society. People who do not respect God will respect no human being. It will continue that everyone will do what is right in their own eyes. The Bible tells us so.
By Carey Scott
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