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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).

Author: erik

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  1. i really liked this blog
    it made me think
    epecially when u mentioned things like we shouldnt be caught up in like not missing church and not not praying enough ect. because those are the things your almost r obligated to do that you should do
    but the rest of the things like taking care of those in need and going out and tellin people about christ are things you NEED to do and are called to do. The rest of it is important but should already happen i guess. anywayz i liked it. theres ur comment lol

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  2. this is so true. I’ve felt this way about our own country, and what’s worse, the body of Christ in America won’t take a stand. I hear of these stories and I hear God saying “where are My people.”
    I think as long as we’re praying and making an effort, God sees that and honors that. Thanks for the Challenge.

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  3. I always find it hard trying to lead people to the lord. However, I will continue to try. I don’t try as much as I should, but after reading this, I feel I really need to put much more effort into it. We can do so many things for ourselves, but how many things do we do for God. Good blog ^___^. It makes people think. =]

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