Tuesday, October 06, 2015

This week's lesson (October 3-9): the crisis within and without

"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water." -- Jeremiah 2:13, NIV
Nothing is more seductive than "sunk costs," i.e. the money you've already spent (and can't get back).
  • You've already spent $500 on repairs for your junker of a car? All the more reason to spend another $500; otherwise, you've just "wasted" the money you already spent -- right?
  • You've already poured umpty-billion dollars and upmpty-thousand lives into a war of choice? All the more reason to keep pouring in those dollars (and those lives); otherwise, everything you've done is all for nothing -- right?
  • And if Judah's political, military, and religious policies don't seem be paying off just yet . . . then who's going to stand up and say, "It's time to cut our loses, admit our mistakes, and try something new"?
Jeremiah -- that's who.
And in the second-chapter of his book, Jeremiah points out that Judah's policies are more than just wrong.
No, they're also stupid.
It would be bad enough, after all, if Judah disobeyed God AND got something for it -- if disobedience made it rich, powerful, and admired.
Unfortunately, Judah's policies have done nothing of the kind.
That's why Jeremiah stands up and says, "Enough is enough."
That's why Jeremiah stands up and says, "This isn't working."
That's why we still need Jeremiahs -- Jeremiahs who kick us off the treadmill and point us in a new direction.
And no, it's not easy to do this; people always pay a price for change.
"But if we don't pay that price," says Jeremiah . . . 
"We're sunk."

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