The American Church falters and it grows more and more obvious that it does so without a clue.
My reading to day was from Jeremiah 8, so I will continue on this theme of refusing to repent because it runs parallel to our own day.
And a reminder: this isn’t about “America.” This is about US, the American Church.
“They have held fast to deceit, they have refused to return.” (Jer. 8:5)
“No one repents of wickedness, saying, ‘What have I done!'” (Jer. 8:6)
We look for a time of peace, but find no good. We look for a time of healing, but there is terror instead. (Jer. 8:15)
To which, I might add, the American Church will find a way to blame someone else, anyone else.
Going into the 2016 election I preached fervently and warned adamantly about the choices we were making as American Christians. (And in that context, it was conservative American Christians.) All I have realized since then has been the deep rooted behavior and belief that led us to that point… and then the crushing reality that there was not a desire to step back from the precipice. There was only a desire to plunge ahead because we were theologically and spiritually incapable of seeing the truth of our false theological constructs.
Constantly in the past four years the Lord has offered up times of healing as he has fiercely pruned his Church in America. Constantly in the past four years the American Church has chosen to embrace their spiritual blindness and kept their ears plugged.
I feel the weeping of Jeremiah in this verse:
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended… and we are not saved.” (Jer. 8:20)