And you are to tell them that this is what the LORD says: ‘If you do not listen to Me and walk in My law, which I have set before you, and if you do not listen to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again even though you did not listen, then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city an object of cursing among all the nations of the earth.’ Jeremiah 26:5
Today, I am breaking away from Genesis.
This detour comes after having a dream last night that I was in, and was one of, a group of braggers. We boasted of being on the right side of the political divide, of being aligned with brilliant voices that make up the critical thinkers of the most famous conservative news outlet. We all claimed to be God’s warriors, battling His causes by fighting evil. We even broke into prayer, asking Jesus to come as a victor and to make everything right, and to vindicate His people. In my dream, we did not look at all like worshippers, but warriors.
I woke up and realized that this was not dreamlike fiction.
God is not impressed, nor pleased, with our stand on current events if we point the finger and fail to pray for those in authority. Every day, our president and members of congress are called idiots and losers by God’s people. Name-calling is hateful, delivered with tones of disgust. Prayerful filters are often missing, giving way to rants on social media, in small gatherings, and even in the hallways of our local churches. We are so sure that we are right, that God is with us, that we’ve lost our head and our edge.
- Jesus, our Prophet, implores us to consider the log in our own eyes regarding the very sins for which we want to stone others. Pride, revenge, and rebellion.
- Jesus, our Priest, calls us to humble intercession, imploring us to pray for our enemies. Our anger is epic but where are our tears? Wielding truth without love nullifies the Truth in others ears.
- Jesus, our King, calls us to abandon our swords as we attempt to overthrow the Roman empire. We are to recover the mantle of spiritual authority we abdicated when we became a brood of little kings, failing to defer to the King of Kings.
Paul asked the Galatian believers who had bewitched them. We are wise to consider the question for ourselves. False prophets abound and beg for our attention. The wisest thing for us to do is to stop.
Stop casting judgments that have long ceased being righteous.
Are we on the Lord’s side?
Am I? I’m still. I’m silent. I’m brought low. Show me. Amen