A good find from Teddy. What Old Testament verse do you think are shocking that describe what this article is talking about?
I love to read the Older Testament…God does not mince words in it, especially when Gods people fall into idolatry.
““If a man divorces his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man’s wife, will he return to her? Would not that land be greatly polluted? You have played the whore with many lovers; and would you return to me? declares the LORD. Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see! Where have you not been ravished? By the waysides you have sat awaiting lovers like an Arab in the wilderness. You have polluted the land with your vile whoredom.”
(Jeremiah 3:1–2 ESV)
““How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me and have sworn by those who are no gods. When I fed them to the full, they committed adultery and trooped to the houses of whores. They were well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for his neighbor’s wife. Shall I not punish them for these things?”
(Jeremiah 5:7–9 ESV)
My personal favorite…
“a wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.”
(Jeremiah 2:24 ESV)
That’s my kind of writing.
It is also as relevant to Gods people today as it was when God first inspired it…our idolatry models that of the world and God is every bit as displeased.
Today’s idols are youth,success,and power and the church lusts for it all.
I’ve had a number of brochures sent to me lately for conferences on “leadership” and “successful ministry” and I’m convinced we have lost any concept of what those things mean biblically.
If you have the ability to draw a crowd and you’re under forty the church will chase you like a donkey in heat.
Listen to me…and listen good lest I rant again…the ability to draw a crowd is nowhere given as a spiritual gift or a measure of success in the Bible.
Jeremiah, whose lovely words I’ve quoted, had a grand total of two conversions during his ministry.
The job of the pastor/ elder is to make disciples…to teach people to live for Christ and to die in Christ while modeling how to do both.
Teaching on Sunday and Wednesday is part of that…to be honest, that part is easy.
The discipleship happens before and after…in homes, by deathbeds, in hospitals, in counseling, in walking with a certain group of God given people from cradle to grave, through every phase of life in faithfulness to Christ.
If the folks under a pastors care die in faith…that was success.
We don’t have conferences on how to do those things because most of the folks they parade in front of us either never have done those things or ceased doing them after they became “successful”.
Those who have worked those fields faithfully have no name and fewer numbers, so we’re not interested.
We have exchanged the wisdom and maturity of Baxters “Reformed Pastor” for the latest faux hawked kid from SoCal that can draw a crowd.
The older men sold their birthright for political power and now seek to ride any wave that comes by.
It’s idolatry, it’s wrong, and it’s one more reason why when the world looks at the church it doesn’t see a “peculiar people” seeking a real God but a bunch of posers chasing the same wind they are.
God have mercy.