Matthew 23:27-39: ‘Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!’
One disillusioned politician is quitting the political climate he sees as untenable and unacceptable. He said of his decision about the current environment, “This is not a sustainable dynamic.”
We use such phrases---'sustainable dynamics’ and other fancy phrases--when we decide to say no in a world which cannot hear it. Our society has come to believe that we can, and should, do anything we can get away with. We rarely say simply and directly, “No, I will not do it, for it is wrong.”
Jesus spoke to his listeners of the irrevocability of their attitudes toward God. He lamented, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!” He wanted people to seek God instead of their own way, and he longed “to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!”
Most of the time, we know what is wrong and what is right. And yet, we seek to soften the blow of our nonconformity with misdirection or even total avoidance. When will we see that we must say no to what we know is wrong? We cannot continue in this muddled, dishonest way of confronting wrong.
It is not a sustainable dynamic.
Psalm 31; Haggai 1:1-15; Revelation 2:18-29
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