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Lamentations

Politically correct:  Telling leaders and the people what their itchy ears want to hear whether it is true or not.

America is obsessed with political correctness; inconvenient truth is unwelcome and often suppressed.  Our government, social, judicial, and religious leaders have itchy ears that want to hear only what they want to hear.  Our prophets (media, pundits, experts, and consultants) dutifully provide only what those itchy ears want to hear at the expense of the inconvenient truth.

The books of Jeremiah and Lamentations provide an example of what happens to a nation obsessed with political correctness.  Jeremiah covers the years immediately before the fall of Jerusalem, up to and including its capture and destruction by the Babylonians.  Lamentations covers the years immediately following that disastrous event.

In the book of Jeremiah we are provided eyewitness testimony of total social corruption and decay as seen from God’s perspective:

  • Israel’s misdeeds (sins) were exposed
  • Warnings were given of the consequences
  • Only politically correct advice was tolerated; inconvenient truth was suppressed
  • Critical faulty choices were made based on the politically correct advice.

The book concludes with the absolute destruction of the nation of Israel by God through the hands of the Babylonians.  The book of Lamentations picks up where Jeremiah left off.  First it briefly retraces the cause of the disaster, as follows:

Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading. (Lam 2:14)

Restated in modern terms:

“Your advisors have provided politically correct but false advice; they have not identified your true problems so you could correct your mistakes, but have provided you with feel-good predictions that are false and misleading.”

This is America’s current condition today as well.

Then the book of Lamentations launches into graphic eyewitness testimony of the disastrous results of such politically correct decisions (emphasis added):

We have become orphans, fatherless; our mothers are like widows.
We must pay for the water we drink; the wood we get must be bought.
Our pursuers are at our necks; we are weary; we are given no rest.
We have given the hand to Egypt, and to Assyria, to get bread enough.
Our fathers sinned, and are no more; and we bear their iniquities.
Slaves rule over us; there is none to deliver us from their hand.
We get our bread at the peril of our lives, because of the sword in the wilderness.
Our skin is hot as an oven with the burning heat of famine.
Women are raped in Zion, young women in the towns of Judah.
Princes are hung up by their hands; no respect is shown to the elders.
Young men are compelled to grind at the mill, and boys stagger under loads of wood. (Lam 5:3-13)

Lessons for today

Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are bound to repeat those mistakes.  Ancient Israel and America have sinned and made similar mistakes.  Both countries valued political correctness above the truth.

God did not spare Israel, the apple of His eye.  He destroyed Israel as a nation; utterly devastated Jerusalem, His holy city; and completely demolished His earthly dwelling place, the Temple.

America be warned.  Turn about and repent, or face the harsh judgment of The LORD as described in Lamentations.
For those who say, “There is no God,” or “God would never do that to America,” let it be said:

Are you 100% certain, without any possible doubt?  Do you have incontestable proof?
For God never changes.  He hates falsehood and sin, and punishes every evildoer person and nation – even the apple of his eye – today as He did thousands of years ago.
If He punished ancient Israel by destroying it, how much more will He punish modern America?

That question, too, is answered in Jeremiah and Lamentations:

“Edom[1] shall become a horror. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters.  (Jer 49:17)

Therefore hear the plan that the LORD has made against Edom and the purposes that he has formed against the inhabitants of Teman: Even the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away. Surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. (Jer 49:20)

Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, you who dwell in the land of Uz; but to you also the cup shall pass; you shall become drunk and strip yourself bare.
The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished; he will keep you in exile no longer; but your iniquity, O daughter of Edom, he will punish; he will uncover your sins. (Lam 4:21-22)

All is not as it looks, America.  The path you are following leads to disaster.  Choose life, not death!  Choose truth, not politically correct lies!

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[1] Edom, like America, is a Gentile nation that sinned.  One of Edom’s sins was to rejoice over the destruction of Jerusalem.  Five years later Nebuchadnezzar totally destroyed Edom; it never recovered as a nation.  But God restored Israel 70 years after Jerusalem’s destruction just  as He promised; even today it is a vibrant nation.  ( http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVanswers/2005/09-24.htm )

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