7”Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you.” (Ezekiel 5:7)
The Prophet Ezekiel records these words from God, directed to the nation of Israel. I find it odd that God would want them to conform to the standards of the nations around them, but this could also foreshadow the fact that God is for all people and all nations. God is the creator of all life, from Israelite to Babylonian, God created them all. God just chose the people of Israel to use them to speak to the world, or that’s what He wanted to use them for, but they constantly strayed from God. They became corrupt and worshiped idols among other sins.
But let’s look at the verse above and apply it to our nation. Surely we are much better off than our neighbor nation to the south. But what about if we look to the north, to Oh! Canada. We are indeed much more unruly than Canada, and they seem to be much more in line with Christian values and living. I have been to Canada twice, and I can personally attest to their friendliness and hospitality, much more authentic and earnest than our supposed “southern hospitality.”
If you want to know what evils really exist in this country, and all over the world, you do not have to look far. I have recently been listening to a podcast Mrs. Z introduced me to. “Fox Hunter” is centered around the unsolved murder of 18-year old Rhonda Susan Coleman who disappeared in 1990 from a party full of seniors in Hazlehurst, GA. Hazlehurst is a small town in south central GA where most of my wife’s family is from. This podcast is an eye-opening glimpse of the devils that lurk in the shadows of this great country of ours, exposing corruption in small town law enforcement and the possibility that at any moment, a series of events can spiral out of control and lead to murder or other violent acts. And if a crime of this magnitude can happen and go unsolved in a small town such as Hazlehurst, you can be sure it is happening all across America. You can listen to this podcast wherever you get your music from: Apple, Amazon, Spotify. The series is so good once I started it this week, I could not stop listening until I had gotten caught up to Episode #8.
So what can we do to make America the upstanding nation among nations? We have to take personal responsibility to live righteous lives and be a reflection of Christ. I know it is hard, but we always have to set the right example, love everyone, seek ways to help those in need, stand for justice and stand against injustice. As Jor’dan Amrstrong puts it in his catchy new release, we need to let God use us to make this a mighty nation for Jesus.
Reading plan: Titus 2:1-10
Deeper reading plan: Ezekiel 5, 6