September 29

Isaiah 5:5-7

“For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!” vs. 7

Our leaders regularly describe our country as a defender of religious freedom and rightly protest when there is evidence that believers of any kind are being persecuted in our world. There have too many instances when nations have stood by in silence as religious minorities have been repressed. So we’re right to speak out! We need to! But the prophet Isaiah reminds us that when countries have been blessed with prosperity they are expected to be bastions of justice and righteousness for all their inhabitants and indeed for the whole world. And sometimes it’s a lot easier to point a finger of judgment at others than it is to take an honest look at our own behaviors. We lead the world in the number of incarcerations by a large margin; the bloodshed in our streets is a national disgrace; drug use is rampant;  climate change continues to wreak havoc; and the gap between rich and poor keeps getting greater. There is much that we can do to right the ship internally, and also make a difference internationally. Solutions abound! Jesus reminds us that God loves all the people of the world, and if we’ve been blessed we have a responsibility to share those blessings. God wants fine wine from us, and not sour grapes.

Thought for the Day: What responsibilities do we have for the world?

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