Part of todays reading in Isaiah was talking about a rebellious nation. The people of Israel lost their way and were sinning against God. While reading I couldn’t help but think of the United States and its current situation.
“4 Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.”
The United States of America, one of the greatest nations in the world is currently going through trying times. Greed and corruption such as federal judges being impeached on chargers of bribery and perjury is nothing new but shows no signs of slowing down. Tons of people are living in poverty; unemployment rate is high, until last night we had a government shut down. A major city such as Detroit filed for bankruptcy, financial crisis, market issues, senseless violent crimes, school shootings, marathon bombings, hurricanes in the north east, tornados devastating the Midwest, river flooding in Colorado, the list of things go on and on. And as things get worse we seem to distance ourselves further and further from the answer to our problems; GOD.
"...and to the republic for which it stands, ONE NATION UNDER GOD....". The country, which once was proud to say “In God We Trust”, has turned their backs on God. Nearly one fifth of adults claim to have no religious affiliation. According to the latest US religious census Islam is the fastest growing religion in the US. In certain places student led prayers after athletic events have been banned. The separation of church and state continues to grow larger and larger.
As the country drifts away from the Lord and things get worse all hope is not lost. Luckily the Lord our God is a loving forgiving God. “16 Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. 17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed…18…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good tings of the land. 20 but if you resist and rebel you will be devoured by the sword.”
Our wrongdoings can be forgiven. We must be willing and obedient. As individuals we must choose to not live a sinful life, choose to do the will of God and live righteously. Collectively our efforts as children of God will be impactful and help turn things around. Do not get caught up in the ways of “the world”. Do not conform but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…
Stay Thirsty My Friends