“You have wearied the Lord with your words. “How have we wearied him?” you ask. By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?””
Malachi 2:17 NIV, http://bible.com/111/mal.2.17.niv
How often do we hear sermons or speeches from Old Testament prophetic books like Malachi? Some even find them outdated and irrelevant for a modern world. Read carefully the passage above and tell me it is not applicable to current culture.
“‘You have spoken arrogantly against me,’ says the Lord. Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’ ”
Malachi 3:13-15 NIV, http://bible.com/111/mal.3.13-15.niv
“Are we more loyal to people who we wouldn’t want hanging out with our kids”
I think it’s past time that Americans take a long hard look at our own individual hearts and judge our personal priorities, principles and passions. Are we more loyal to people who we wouldn’t want hanging out with our kids and then blaming God because He allows evil to prosper? Have we hung out with God enough to say we truly know his heart for us? Do we too often replace “what would Jesus do” with what we believe?
“I believe we need to apply more critical judgment to our own hearts”
I think we need to do more soul searching and critical thinking and a little less posting and speaking our minds. Maybe it would help to listen to opposing views with the same amount of respect we give to those who say what we want to hear. I believe we need to question more those who say what we want to hear. I believe we ought to give more weight to their actions in determining their motives. Most of all, I believe we need to apply more critical judgment to our own hearts, minds and motives than we even do to those who oppose us.
Finally, I think it is more godly to examine my own heart with God’s assistance through his Spirit. I want to be courageous enough to correct what’s wrong in me than to try to win an argument or make an opposing view wrong. I want God to improve this American by making him less prejudice, judgmental and selfish to become more understanding, respectful and responsible. America becomes greater through more individual Americans becoming humble. We become more humble by acknowledging God’s greatness.
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”
Malachi 3:16-18 NIV, http://bible.com/111/mal.3.16-18.niv
“we need to start talking with and not at each other”
I believe the verses above are relevant for us today. If you agree, then we need to start talking with and not at each other.
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