May. 3, 2019

The Remnant

“A remnant will return. Yes, the remnant of Jacob will return to the Mighty God.” Isaiah 10:21

What do we do with Old Testament teachings? Are the teachings merely historical text or is it possible practical application from days of old still apply today? My vote goes with the latter. Knowing former downfalls can help us avoid future pitfalls.  If we will listen and we will learn.

In my opinion our nation, just like the nation of Israel mentioned in the Old Testament, is failing the spiritual litmus test. Arrogance and blindness are alive and well, while Christianity’s impact and evangelism suffers.

When I was a little girl, anytime there was a manned space mission, my entire school stopped what we were doing and watched it on TV. Back in those days they had to roll gigantic TVs into our classrooms, which allowed us to watch each rocket take off. Towards the end of NASA’s heyday, no one seemed to notice or paid attention. We’ve fallen victim to the same ambivalence with public shootings. The recent shooting at a North Carolina campus almost went unnoticed. Oh, most of us heard it on the news. (Well, those of us still watching the news.) For some reason mass shootings no longer seem to be a story of interest. We no longer weep for lives lost, but claim to be pro life and preach new life?

On the other hand, many of us seem obsessed with the latest hat tossed into the 2020 presidential election. Almost everyone is ready to make a judgment call regarding each person running for their party’s nomination. All 239 of them <wink>. (Yes, I know I’m exaggerating.) We seem more focused on politics than we are about the young people shot and killed on just another day in America.

I suspect Jesus weeps at our disinterest in human life while Satan roams and seeks to devour more of us. And we wonder why Christ’s message is losing power? His people lose more and more spiritual power each day.

My heart hurts for America. My heart hurts for lost people. My heart hurts for God’s children. As I re-read and re-study the Old Testament prophets, I’m listening and mindful of similarities. We, as His children, will pay for misplaced loyalties and the lack of evangelical interests. We will reap the results of our special interests instead of sharing God’s concerns by meeting people’s needs.

As with God’s original children, His adopted children’s sin will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

“The Lord has rightly decided to destroy His people.” Isaiah 10:22b