Take Our Wounds Seriously
This past Sunday I opened the service with a verse from Jeremiah. This verse has continued to resonate with me throughout this week as I have started each day with prayer…
Jeremiah 6:14 (NIV)
14 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.
This verse has stuck with me for several reasons. We should think about them…
- We have a wound. Whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not, the fact is that we are wounded. All of us are damaged. We are sinners. Most people like to think of themselves as “good people”, but we are not. Mankind is broken, and our greatest mistake is comparing ourselves to each other rather that to God. When we look around it is easy for us to say, “well, I’m clearly better than that guy, so I must be OK.” But that is a trick of the devil. We are not OK. We are supposed to be comparing ourselves to God. The book of Peter reminded us of the Old Testament command, “Be Holy because I AM Holy.” When we look at things from this perspective, we clearly fall short.
- The wound is serious. The reason satan wants us to think well of ourselves is that he wants us to believe we don’t need saved. We will let God fix us, help us, guide us or lead us, but God clearly says we need to start over. Jesus said “You must be REBORN.” God’s plan is that we start over from scratch, allowing Him total control in shaping and remaking us. If we buy into the “I’m not THAT bad” lie, we also fall into the “I don’t need Jesus for EVERYTHING” lie. Just like the Jews, our belief that we are essentially OK pulls us away from God and keeps us from knowing His plan, His power and His purpose for us.
- Peace, peace they say. The proof that we are in this predicament shows in the vain attempt at people today to find peace outside of Christ. Politicians, poets, and scholars alike are all saying things like, “we should get along” and “we must be tolerant.” The world seems to think that if we try harder we will find some kind of peace. At its core, this worldly peace, is selfish. It assumes that mankind can “figure it out” and if people “love” everything will be OK.
If people are the problem, I find it difficult to believe they are the solution also.
It’s a myth and a lie. The world is getting more violent and Christians are being persecuted more right now than at any other time in human history. WHY? Because there can be no peace between people who are wounded and damaged. We are all sinners. Satan is behind the entire thing. It’s all a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6 !!!!) and the entire “peace and tolerance” ideal is a ploy to put people to sleep and not see what is really going on.
If we really want peace we need to take our wounds seriously. That involves a serious look at sin, personally and as the body of Christ. That’s what we will be discussing this Sunday. It also involves a realization that there is only one solution, one physician, one way. Jesus. Until we come to that realization, there will be no peace.
See you Sunday.