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November 14, 2018, 9:59 AM

November 14, 2018

“They have turned their backs to Me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, `Come and save us!’” Jeremiah 2:27

As we recognized our veterans this past Sunday, it was truly a time of reflection. A time to reflect on our great nation and the many blessings God has poured out on us. However, it was also a time to reflect upon the real difficulties we face in America. The words above speak volumes and sound very familiar to us today. In fact, those very words have been spoken when tragedy strikes our nation. The people of Jeremiah’s day did not really want to hear anything that he had to say because it revealed the sin in their lives. Yet, God told Jeremiah not to be terrified of the people because He would surely protect him. The people had abandoned God and turned to fulfill their own desires. Jeremiah indeed faced many hardships for his obedience to God. God has never promised that obedience to Him would be easy but that in every circumstance He would be with us.

The book of Jeremiah sounds all too familiar because we are experiencing many of the same problems in our nation. We, as a nation, have literally turned away from God. We have replaced the true worship of God with a lukewarm, feel good response. It seems now as though people must be lured to worship or Bible study rather than having an attitude of excitement to meet with God. Non-Christians desire to push God away from every aspect of society while Christians have become apathetic and comfortable with the status quo. There seems to be no doubt that Christianity is losing ground in the United States while it is flourishing in other, very hostile parts of the world. In fact, many in our country have no use for God and consider Him as only one of many gods or do not believe that He even exists. Others have lost all sense of patriotism; have no wisdom (common sense) and desire to be enslaved by a government that grows exponentially every year.

This week I want to leave you with a famous quote by Alexander Tyler and follow with a question. “The average of the world’s great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.” The question is: Where is the United States in this cycle of nations? It seems to be very clear! We have been so blessed but, just as the people of Jeremiah’s day, we’ve turned our backs to God rather than our faces. Hard words but true!

                                                                                                           We love you,                                                                                                                                                                                            Brad and Virginia

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