Jeremiah 5:1-9: Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look around and take note! Search its squares and see if you can find one person who acts justly and seeks truth so that I may pardon Jerusalem…. How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me, and have sworn by those who are no gods.
According to an article in the Economist, the number of parents home-schooling their children has risen. The story says in part, “Today’s parents have a lower tolerance for schools failing to deal with issues, such as bullying, that previous generations of children were sometimes expected to endure.”
I believe, though, that bullying behavior is far worse now in children primarily because it is acceptable among adults. We don’t punch someone on the playground, but we regularly use economic, social, and language tools to denigrate and pick on others.
In Jeremiah, God says to the people, “Your children have forsaken me,” but that statement is prefaced by a condemnation of the society as a whole. God says, through Jeremiah, “Search [Jerusalem’s] squares and see if you can find one person who acts justly and seeks truth…” The children would also be punished, but the culture overall had first modeled ungodly behavior. So like the adults of that time, we can lament the behavior of this generation of children.
But maybe we should first consider how we adults treat one another.
Psalm 69: 1-23, 31-28; Romans 2:25-3:18; John 5:30-47
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