This is what the Lord says:
“When people fall down, don’t they get up again? When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back? Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path? Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back? They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around. I listen to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth. Is anyone sorry for doing wrong? Does anyone say, “What a terrible thing I have done”? No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as a horse galloping into battle!”
Relate: Bruce decides he doesn’t want to be a guy anymore. So with a real big chunk of change for an operation and an announcement on the cover of Vanity Fair he decides to become Caitlyn. Now we are all supposed to recognize him as a girl and applaud him for his courage to make such a noble change. Don’t even try showing any criticism at this farce… that would be bigoted and narrow minded. He can become whatever he wants to be. Is anyone ever sorry for doing wrong anymore?
A man decides to take a knee during the opening ceremony of an athletic event as a protest against injustice. From the president to the average Joe across the street people proudly embrace their idolatry calling it patriotism in an attempt to shame this athlete and the others who took a knee with him in solidarity. It is easier to revel in our false worship of a colored piece of cloth and a traditional tune than to face up to the sin of racism still far too rampant in our world. Is anyone ever sorry for doing wrong anymore?
Every year more than half a million women, quite often with the support of their family and friends sacrifice their child at the altar of convenience. Those who speak up against the murder of these helpless children are branded uncaring social dinosaurs who have no respect for a women’s rights. Even many of those who do shout the loudest are the ones most guilty for perpetuating the appeal of such a crime because they would rather worship at the altar of their own income rather than promote the funding of the social safety nets so many of these women would need. Is anyone ever sorry for doing wrong anymore?
React: Like in the days of Jeremiah, the problem is not just that we are more and more prone to do evil. The problem is that we embrace evil as good and celebrate our sin as something worthy to be praised. We have for so long as a culture ignored our sin that our guilty conscience no longer works and we cannot even recognize just how far we have fallen. We now call the bottom of this well a paradise. Like a pig reveling in a mud bath, we wallow in our depravity.
How much of what is true in my world true in me? Do I still feel the sorrow and anguish over my sin that I once felt? Have I become so used to the ________ (insert sin here) that I have been doing for so long that I am now comfortable in it? Do I even recognize evil as evil anymore? Have I lost sight of what is truly, biblically good? Am I ever sorry for the wrong I do anymore?
Forgive me. First and foremost, forgive me for the sin that I have continued to fall into over and over again. Forgive me also for allowing my heart to harden to the point I do not even anguish over my failure and rebellion anymore. Give me a soft heart again. Give me a heart that breaks and beats for the same things Yours does. When I fall, help me to stand and walk again. When I am heading in the wrong direction give me the courage and humility and integrity to turn to You again.