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Sunday, August 28, 2016

 

When Belief Fades ..


In about 600 BC the Kingdom of Judah was busy abandoning it's relationship with God. They adopted the religion of the Canaanites and tried to find safety in alliances with other tribes.  Jeremiah was told by God to warn Judah that they were going to lose the protection of God if they did not return to their roots in faith.  

America - this country - has been blessed beyond any other and during it's ascent it was a nation in which most people believed in God.  And those who were not good Christians pretended to be.  Today faith is ridiculed and Christians are reviled.   Now the people are abandoning the Lord God and worship other Gods.

God will turn away and give us to our enemies if we do not listen to the prophets.

1. The word of the Lord came to me:

2 “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem:

“This is what the Lord says:  ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.'

3 Israel was holy to the Lord, the first fruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,’”declares the Lord.

4 Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob, all you clans of Israel.

5 This is what the Lord says:  “What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves."

6 They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and ravines, a land of drought and utter darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?’

7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.

8 The priests did not ask, "Where is the Lord?’ Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me.  The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.

9 “Therefore I bring charges against you again,” declares the Lord. “And I will bring charges against your children’s children.

10 Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar[a] and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:

11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.

12 Be appalled at this, you heavens, and shudder with great horror,” declares the Lord.

13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

America was settled by a religious people, a Christian people, who came to a wilderness to be free to worship Him.  That bowed down and thanked God for his bounty. 

What fault did the the latter-day Americans find in the God that blessed them?  Why did they depart from the path and bow down to Gods of their own creation?

The Kingdom of Judah was carried away in Babylonian captivity.  Where will America end up?

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Just noting that it's PJ Media, and it's the Old Testament that's quoted. Just sayin'.
 
Thanks. The PJ Media article was a convenient hook that followed a very good sermon about Jeremiah 2. I note that many of the comments that follow the article are from militant atheists who blame all the world's ills on religion.

I have one other quibble with the PJ Media article and that's the assumption that "...both candidates advocating massive new centralizations of power or authority." I utterly reject that notion. There is nothing in Trump's platform that advocates more centralization of power. None. The people who write this stuff are projecting their own fears.
 
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