Who Sigh And Cry Over The Abominations

Ezekiel 9:3-7 is one of the most chilling scriptures, for me, in all of the Bible. It reads: “Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple. Then He said to them, “Defile the temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.”

We normally do not think of sighing and crying as a good thing. In our lives, we often try to detach ourselves from feeling sorrow over what happens to others around us. Perhaps we think that if we shut our eyes to what is happening around us that we will suffer less and not be tormented by the evil that reigns free within the hearts of men and women. Perhaps we think that we can do nothing about what is around us, so it is not worthwhile to even mourn over it within our hearts, as it will only make us feel down about the sort of society we live in. Yet for whatever reason, when judging Jerusalem, God chose to spare those who had enough tenderness in their heart to sigh and cry over the wickedness that was being done there. Often I wonder, in darker moments, to be sure, if the same will be true for my own people, and if those who will live will be those who are still sensitive on some level and not completely hardened by the rebelliousness and evil around us. I must admit, to be candid, that watching political advertisements, especially where people are lambasted for standing against murder and depravity, tends to put me in that kind of dark place of reflection on the contemporary relevance of this prophecy.

It is a great illusion that nations can be saved by political processes alone. To be sure, our political beliefs reflect larger concerns, such as our place within society, our view about the proper balance between different conceptions of freedom and inequality, and our hopes and fears concerning markets and governments. Our political beliefs also should spring from our own worldview, and should be consistent with other aspects of that worldview, such as our view of decency and morality. Yet the forms of freedom cannot long endure when the monarchical self-government that enables freedom to avoid becoming licentiousness is cast away, as the anarchy that results when freedom is abused brings that very freedom into disrepute. People may grouse about the cold, dead hand of the founding generation restraining us from our folly through their imposition of our constitutional edifice, but compared to the arrogance of Progressives, they were vastly wiser than the leading lights of our own generation, even if they were deeply flawed people themselves.

One of the more troubling aspects of our times is that people expect those who are elected to government to save us from our problems. Whether we fear global warming or terrorism, the crushing weight of debt on our own lives or those of our children or grandchildren, we all have some expectation that the right choices in terms of who will be in office will make life better. Yet there is a long lag time when it comes to people becoming seasoned and prepared for authority. Even Joseph, who got authority at the young age of 30, had thirteen years of brutal experience in slavery and in prison which humbled him and made him fit for authority [1]. By the time we are looking for a generation of leaders to take the national stage, these people needed seasoning in churches, non-governmental organizations, local governments, and businesses. And yet where are these leaders? Where are the godly leaders of families and institutions that are fit to give thoughtful and biblical answers to the problems of our times, and show in detail how we should live. Even more so, where are the people who are willing to listen to them? For it is only those who sigh and cry at the darkness around us that are willing to seek the light, and follow the narrow road it illuminates.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/between-arrogance-and-despair/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/godly-leaders-pay-dues/

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