Ezekiel 19-21, Psalm 36
The times we are living in are truly amazing. Last fall, my son was evangelizing with a few members of his church in Union Square Park in Manhatten. On this beautiful day at around 3pm he heard loud music, then noticed 8-10 nude same sex couples dancing openly in the middle of the park. No one stopped them including the police who were present. Our society has moved so far from it's Christian roots that we don't resemble that nation any longer. There is no longer any shame to our sin in terms of homosexuality, premarital sex, drunkenness, drug use, etc. Some of those living these lifestyles still go to church and wonder why God seems to not be listening.
We see the same thing in Judah and in the captives of Babylon who Ezekiel was prophesying to. In Ez 20:2-3, he said"...Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God:"Have you come to inquire of me? As I live," says the Lord God, "I will not be inquired of by you." The remainder of the chapter outlines countless opportunities God gave the people to turn it around and follow Him, but they chose to rebel instead.
Most people feel that they are pretty good since they compare themselves with others and elevate themselves. But God doesn't operate this way. There are only two options: for Him or against Him, saved or unsaved, righteous by His blood or dead in our sins. There is no middle of the road. Yet people want a middle road like the people in this chapter did. Live an ungodly life yet believe that God will listen and answer when you call. God will listen to all of us when we approach Him with a repentant heart. The Christian walk is a long one, but Jesus promises in Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God". If God seems to not be listening, we should examine our hearts and see if there is something that we need repent of and give over to God.
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