As I see the violence raging across our country today, I am ashamed of the job the church in America has done concerning sharing the life changing message of the gospel. People without hope are people without a relationship with Jesus. People who don’t have a relationship with God act from the desperate wickedness of a heart full of sin. No program the government can concoct will remedy sinfulness.
As we see the condition of our world and the condition of the church today, I am also reminded of the words God spoke to Ezekiel after the Babylonians started leading the people of Judah into exile.
4 Then he said, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel and give them my messages.5 I am not sending you to a foreign people whose language you cannot understand.6 No, I am not sending you to people with strange and difficult speech. If I did, they would listen!7 But the people of Israel won’t listen to you any more than they listen to me! For the whole lot of them are hard-hearted and stubborn.8 But look, I have made you as obstinate and hard-hearted as they are.9 I have made your forehead as hard as the hardest rock! So don’t be afraid of them or fear their angry looks, even though they are rebels.”
10 Then he added, “Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself.11 Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.”
What would our world look like if all who claimed to belong to Christ lived their lives accordingly? What would the part you live in look like if you were sharing God’s word and his love with people around you?