"Don't say such things," the people say. "Don't prophesy like that. Such disasters will never come our way!" Should you talk like that, O family of Israel? Will the Lord have patience with such behavior? If you would do what is right, you would find my words to good. Yet to this very hour my people rise against me! You steal the shirts right off the backs of those who trusted you, making them as ragged as men who have just come home from battle. You have evicted women from their homes and stripped their children of their God-given rights. Up! Begone! This is no longer your land and home, for you filled it with sin and ruined it completely.
Suppose a prophet full of lies were to say to you, "I'll preach to you the joys of wine and drink!" That's just the kind of prophet you would like.
Doesn't this seem typical of our churches today? We like to think that everything is good, there are no problems that exist. We turn a blind eye to the suffering that happens all around us everyday. After all, why focus on the problems when we can focus on the stuff that makes us feel good? I mean, ignorance is bliss, right?
People, we can't miss the cries for help. The problem is that people just don't cry out any more. We are a proud people, we don't want others to know that we are in trouble. No one wants to look foolish or weak. And as for us Christians, we all need to look perfect - we need to show the world what Godliness looks like, after all.
We need to stop being superficial Christians. To stop being the Pharisee who looks perfect on the outside, and rather be the tax collector, on his knees, asking for forgiveness. Stop being consumed by the things that bring you pleasure, and help the world around you. Do you think that Jesus would embrace the "Netflix and chill" craze, or would He be out in the world doing his fathers work?
It's time to be about our father's business.