Our hearts are set on the wrong things

I know I was reading Jeremiah 4-5 years ago. I have long known the grief I’ve sensed concerning the American Church. The grief I feel now is much deeper.

The conservative American Church is not repenting. It is still bent on Christian nationalism. And I am reading through Jeremiah again with a deeper grief.

15 “Does it make you a king
    to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
    He did what was right and just,
    so all went well with him.
16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
    and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?”
    declares the Lord.
17 “But your eyes and your heart
    are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood
    and on oppression and extortion.” (Jer. 22:15-17)

The opportunity for the church has been to repent. Quit pursuing more power, more wealth, more status! Get back to what the church should DO: Defend the cause of the poor and needy.

Instead, we’re doubling down on nationalism, oppression, and political power. We prefer these idols to the one true God… and we’ve boarded the plane to Babylon.

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