I started reading in the book of Jeremiah the other day and today I read from chapter 5 (for the more context, go here). Jeremiah is speaking to the Israelites about their lack of awe for God and their idol worship. Then, in 5:28-29 he says,
They are well fed and well groomed, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor. Should I not punish them for this?” asks the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself against a nation such as this?
Did you notice it? I’m struck by the fact that it seems most of the focus here is on the fact that the Israelites were failing in the area of justice. There’s no mention of cultural issues: don’t listen to that Babylonian music, you aren’t praying enough, you said a naughty word, don’t even think about skipping church! The thrust of their problem is how they treat the people around them. Namely the orphans and the poor.
If this is the case, then why do we spend so much time worrying about things that don’t really move the heart of God? Why do we insist on spending more time on ourselves (and others in our circle) than on those people around us who are unable to help themselves?
And, of course, I have to ask myself, what have I done to help the cause of the poor and the orphan? How have I led our students in this area?
I don’t have it all figured/planned out, but I’m praying that we can continue to align ourselves to God’s plan and mission for the world instead of our own agenda(s).