Sunday, October 11, 2015

This week's lesson (October 10-16): the last five kings of Israel

"We ought to obey God rather than men." -- Acts 5:29, KJV
A guy like Jeremiah -- you have to wonder about his loyalties.

I mean, we're God's people -- right? The remnant. The only ones around who worship the right God in the right way (and on the right day besides).

So where is Jeremiah when we need him?
  • When we had a chance to break free from Babylon, remember, Jeremiah said we shouldn't do it.
  • When Babylon attacked, Jeremiah said we should surrender.
  • And now that God's people are living in exile, Jeremiah says we should "seek the prosperity" of  Babylon "and pray for it," for "if it prospers," then we will prosper (Jeremiah 29:7).
Like I said, it kind of makes you wonder whose side he's on.
If you love your country, after all, then you support your country. 
If you love your church, then you support your church.
And even if you think God's people are wrong -- even if you think they've made some kind of mistake . . . even then, you don't go tearing them down. Not in public. Not out there where everyone can see it.
No, there's a time to speak up . . . 
And a time to shut-up and salute.
But if Jeremiah doesn't understand what it means to be loyal -- what it means to support God's people, no matter what -- then you have wonder . . . 
Just who does he thinks he is?
And who is he really following?

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