Our country has moved very far from the values upon which it was founded. Extortion, violence and lying are the status quo, rather than serving, helping and truth telling. Our culture can be explained and describes in a word – corrupt. Immoral behaviors are not only seen as normal, but celebrated and extolled.
Just because God has not acted yet, does not mean that he condones the current state of affairs. He is slow to anger. He is patient as he offers opportunity for repentance. He doesn’t want anyone to be separated from him for eternity. However, there is a limit to God’s willingness to be patient. He does cause and allow us to feel the consequences of our choices.
12 The rich among you have become wealthy through extortion and violence. Your citizens are so used to lying that their tongues can no longer tell the truth. 13 “Therefore, I will wound you! I will bring you to ruin for all your sins.14 You will eat but never have enough.
Your hunger pangs and emptiness will remain. And though you try to save your money, it will come to nothing in the end. You will save a little, but I will give it to those who conquer you.
We as believers can never find ourselves being enriched by blackmail, force or pressure. Violence should never be our mode of operation. Lies should never define us. Instead, we must serve one another out of love. We must help where we can while always speaking the truth in love.
As we live our lives for Christ in full view of other people, perhaps they will be challenged to surrender to his grace, mercy and love. If we provide no light, darkness will continue to advance.