The Truth Can Be Hard

Here’s another Bible passage that spoke to me:

Jeremiah 23:17

They say continually to those who despise my word “Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!”  And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires they say, “No harm will come your way.”

Months after I wrote a note about this verse I had to think why did I write the note?

I wrote the note because it’s another example of how words that were written over 2000 years ago can still be applicable today.

Jeremiah a prophet of God was tasked with telling all the Jews that due to their continual reprehensible actions and their continual refusal to follow God’s commandments, death and destruction was coming their way.

And as is human nature they did not want to hear the bad news.  They did not want to hear the truth because the truth can be hard.  People tend to not like things that are hard to deal with.

The people wanted Jeremiah in prison and the rulers obliged them.  Some of the rulers and people wanted Jeremiah killed, that’s how bad they didn’t want to hear the truth.

The priests and leaders knew the people would rather hear that everything is just wonderful and you can participate in as much sin and debauchery as you please because it’s all cool, just as long as we stay in power.

They knew that the people liked the easy way, the path of least resistance and so they told them what they wanted to hear.  That made the people happy and it made the leaders and priests popular with the masses.

Boy, doesn’t that sound just like today.

Never mind we will be bankrupt as a nation and end up saddling future generations with our burdens, you would rather hear you shouldn’t have to work hard and sacrifice to get ahead. So that’s what they will tell you while they line their pockets.

So for those of you who pander to the masses, and those of you in the masses who like your lies with rose colored glasses, remember this.

Jeremiah 23:18-20

For who among you has stood in the council of the Lord to see and hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened?  Behold the storm of the Lord!  Wrath has gone forth, a whirlwind tempest; it will swirl down on the head of the wicked.  The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart.  In the latter days you will understand it clearly.

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