3.09.2008

Not Ashamed at All

I've been plowing my way through the Bible with Aaron in the mornings,
and we are now up to the book of Jeremiah. I had to do a double-take
yesterday morning when, twice in the span of three chapters, I read
the exact same verse (6:15 and 8:12):

"Were they ashamed because of the abomination they had done? They
certainly were not ashamed, and they did not know how to blush;
therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time of their
punishment they shall be brought down," says the LORD."

I couldn't help but think of so many politicians on both sides of the
river, who brazenly practice corrupt deeds as if they are above the
law. In their minds, perhaps they are, themselves being lawmakers and
being in tight with judges and other people in places of power so that
even if they were caught, their punishment would be minimal if
anything.

The prophet reminds me that there is a higher law and a greater Judge
who will one day make sure that punishment is meted out justly and
decisively. Evildoers on this side of glory may practice their
evildoing with nary a blush; but one day they will feel true heat, and
the people of God, who love righteousness and who may have had to bear
temporary injustice, will rejoice on that day.

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