Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.
Hate evil, love good;
maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy
on the remnant of Joseph.
I can’t help but wonder! This sound a lot like the American church. We claim that God is with us but is he really?!?
Have we not chased him away with our programs, offended him with our impurities and compromised morality, contradicted his word with our theologies, confined him to the proverbial “box”, and left him out of our planning sessions?!?
How is it that we claim God is with us when we really want nothing to do with him except in name only?
I realize this may seem harsh; and in no way am I saying we don’t need “the church”. I love the church because Jesus loves his church. But I also want to see God’s church acting as it should! Not in petty hostilities toward other members, not in compromised beliefs, or with worldly positions; but instead putting love above all else, seeking to please God above men, and forgetting immoral behavior!
May we all act accordingly, may we all live as though we really do represent God to our neighbors, may we all remember that we carry his very presence around with us. Amen