Ezekiel 5:7 NIV
“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees or kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you.
Israel is accused, rightfully by God, of being even worse pagans than the surrounding nations. The people of God are failing to be the people of God. And not only do they fall short of God’s standards, they aren’t even living up to the standard of the world around them.
How often does the church follow this example? The divorce rate among Christians matches the world, and some studies indicate it might be higher in some areas. Pastors fall to scandals of inappropriate sex and embezzlement, and it seems to outdo the politicians.
Reading Revelation frightens me when the churches are called to account. Where are my failings? How much would Christ hold against me? Where am I failing to submit? These thoughts drive me to repentance and a passionate desire for holiness.
Lord, search my heart and show me where I fall short. Help me to be a man of integrity and righteousness, and may that inspire repentance and godliness in others. Shine your light in me, and through me. And may the world know that I am different because you are my Lord. Amen.
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