Summary: Christians have taken their lives out of the hands of Jesus and put them into the hands of men. How did this happen?
I probably watched a total of 10 minutes of both the Republican and Democrat party conventions combined. And that may be a stretch. My wife probably thinks it’s funny. Each election I volunteer to work the polls in our county and yet I have little to no interest in politics.
However, I did skim articles about the conventions which, quite honestly, sent the same message: we want a president who will right the wrongs in this country. Then again, that’s been true for every presidential election.
We elect a president and give him a “to do list” – “fix” the economy, “fix” gun violence, “fix” the education system, “fix” government corruption, etc. When he leaves office, the “to do list” remains virtually “unfixed” and covered in “Band-Aids”.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 captures the essence of this quite nicely. “The thing that has been – it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Amplified)
What we are witnessing in our country today truly breaks my heart. (I’ve said that a lot lately.) Christians are continuing to put more faith in what man can do for them than what Jesus has already done for them. Satan has slowly and methodically stolen the Word of God from us – through the things we see, hear and experience – so that Jesus is not our first thought when life become unpleasant.
The reporting of the conventions showed me that many Christians no longer believe Jesus can influence change in America. They have essentially told Jesus what the good witch told the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz: “You have no power here.” Today she would be right in many ways. I can’t believe I just said that.
We have put Jesus in a “religious box” – you know the one we only open and use on Sundays and Wednesdays. He is not truly part of our lives anymore unless we need prayer for something. Ouch! The prophet Jeremiah describes it this way: “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:5)
I see in this verse the heartbeat of many in the Body of Christ.
Over the years, we have fallen out of sync with the rhythmic beating of Jesus’ heart. We have slowly developed another heart – a heart whose rhythm makes it easier for us to survive in this world. We believe we are in sync with Jesus – but we’re not. We believe we are not missing a beat – but we are.
This, in part, is what the word “departeth” communicates. By our actions, we have turned our backs on Jesus. We no longer trust Him with all our heart (Proverbs 3:5).
Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t believe Christians are purposely rejecting Jesus. But many have been deceived. They have strayed from the sheepfold and are not hearing the Shepherd’s voice (John 10:4). Instead, they are hearing and following the voices of strangers (John 10:5) who are often found in the pulpits of their churches.