FROM YOUR PASTOR’S HEART September 19,2022
In Jeremiah Chapter 2, we find God presenting His case against Israel for the judgment He is going to bring upon them, due to their sinful disregard for His laws. We read in verse 5: “Thus says the Lord: What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me, have followed idols, and have become idolaters?” I find myself asking that same question about our nation today. What has God done that caused the American people to turn their backs on Him?
I have witnessed this drastic transition take place in my lifetime. When I was young, the church was held in high regard. Ministers were respected members of the community. And most people were faithful in attendance at the Lord’s House on the Lord’s Day. Our churches in America were full, with many looking to expand their facilities to provide more space and accommodate more people.
The Word of God was also revered and respected. When the pastor stepped to the pulpit, people paid attention to the message. Many of them even took notes to review the lessons taught at a later time. Every adult, and most children, brought their Bibles with them to church. And you usually saw an offering envelope sticking out of their Bible. Every head was bowed for public prayers, as people prayed along with the one leading.
I don’t have to tell you that things are much different today. So, what has changed from the days of my youth? Why has God lost favor with men? As the prophet, Jeremiah, recorded so long ago, “What injustice have your fathers found in Me?” Let me assure you that God has not changed. This shift in attitude towards the Lord, and those associated with Him, is a result of man’s rebellion against God. And as the prophet of old warned his people, I am saying today, that God’s judgment is coming upon those who have rejected His gifts of mercy, grace and love. Our nation is facing greater woes than foreign governments, domestic disputes and economic despair! God will judge the wickedness of all men!
Serving in love, Bro. Jim