Today I continue in Jeremiah 7: 5 - 8. The Lord has given the people of Judea and Jerusalem warnings about the dangers of blindly following those charasmatic leaders with their deceptive words. He was basically telling them that one can't "walk the fence" - you're either for God, or you're against him; there's no middle ground. Jesus said in Matthew 12: 30, "He who is not with me is against, me and he who does not gather with me, scatters".
Jeremiah 7: 5 - 8:"If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless".
We all as a nation, need to remember how our forefathers sought the wisdom and direction of the Lord when they founded this great nation of the United States of America, and wrote our Constitution to reflect that.
We endanger ourselves as a nation when we seek to change the laws that go against the very nature of God; and yes, I am speaking of things such as abortion, the definition of marriage, and other "social" issues.
I don't see the Lord giving his stamp of approval on murdering babies by the millions, for all the reasons that the Pro Choice people give. The Lord is the creator of LIFE, and says "Thou shall not murder". Jesus told us, "Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you might have LIFE, and more abundantly". The Lord also says in Hebrews 13:4 - "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer, and all the sexually immoral". ANY sex, whether it's straight or homosexual, outside the bonds of marriage that God has defined, is sin.
There were churches in Jeremiah's day that allowed the congregation to sacrifice their children to Baal, who condoned all kinds of sexual practices, and idol worship. We still to this day, have churches who promote racisim and hostility towards our nation; some churches who brush off the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, saying that the destruction of those cities weren't because they were openly practicing homosexuality. We have many who sit in the pews weekly, who agree with the liberal left in their stance on abortion and "gay rights".
The Lord was telling the people of Judea and Jeremiah, as he is telling us today, that we can't be lukewarm pew sitters - we are all sinners - one sin is as great as another; but we are called to be holy and separated to God, as was our Lord Jesus. He wasn't afraid to stand up to those at the temple who were making it a place of any and everything but worship. As believers, we can't sit around with our heads in the sand, and not speak up about the way our country has fallen away from the Lord.
Leviticus 11:44 says, "I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy". What this means is that as believers, we are to be separated to God and from all that is unclean".
Again I ask you to keep your eyes, ears and heart open to the voice of God. Listen to what those who are put in places of leadership in our country are saying what direction we should go as a nation. Weigh their words and actions against the Word of God. We are called to pray for those in authority over us, whether we cast our vote for them or not. God puts people in places for his purposes, and calls us to pray for them to lead us.