Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Ease of Sinning in Collusion with Others

This passage from Jeremiah 5:30-31 is haunting my thoughts:
An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?"
The "easy" way to defy God while pretending to have a clear conscience is to collude with others doing the same thing. Such a collusion survives and thrives by turning truth into falsehood and vice versa. This text makes it clear the people love to have it that way ("my people love to have it so"). These sin-conspiracies spread virulently through cultures, denominations, and nations. When God's righteous judgment comes, there there will be nowhere to turn. Only God can provide a rescue from our pathetic, adulterous, idolatrous rebellion. There can be no other way.

Fortunately, God has provided such a rescue. His name is Jesus. Do you know Him yet?

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