...The Band Played On
32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. Luke 7.
How much more Should He do?
God is speaking to mankind, but mankind isn’t listening. He isn’t just speaking through the pulpit, but through the disasters that is plaguing this planet even at this hour.
Just in the first half of the year alone, the world has experienced economic meltdown, volcano eruptions, earthquakes, deadly tornadoes, a massive oil spill that no one at this moment has contained, the threat of nuclear annihilation continues to loom over our heads, and that’s just scratching the surface. And with each disaster, carries with it its toll on human lives, either through loss of property...or worse.
We (speaking as a member of the human race) are quick to blame Big Business, The Government, freaks of Nature, Mother Nature (?), and look to these entities for a solution, which after thousands of years of the same events happening again and again, no one can seem to find. We make the simple complex when we overlook the obvious. The obvious answer to man’s problems lie with the Creator. Until we come to that realization, calamities will continue to happen until the end of all things.
The band plays on, and the music is falling upon deaf ears.
In the above passage from the Book Of Luke, The Pharisees and lawyers rejected the Word of God in their refusal to repent and be baptized. Jesus compares them to children sitting in the marketplace calling out to one another, and not getting a rise out of their companions.
All through the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, God had sent His prophets to Israel to warn him of impending disaster if the nation does not repent, and return to Him. Conversely, the Bible is rife with examples of what the nation had gone through and is going through because of its refusal to turn back to the Holy One. It is an example that the rest of the world should take strong notice of, because God does not change, His methods does not change, and He cannot lie. Whatever He says He’s going to do, will come to pass.
Mankind is still rejecting the counsel of God; choosing instead to do its own thing, and suffering the consequences for its actions, and God is still sending warnings.
A return to God the only option.
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7.
September 11, 2001, was a turning-point in United States history that not only affected this nation, but the entire world. It also marked a time in which the entire world came together to pray for one day.
That day should have marked a change in the attitude of the world, but it was back to business as usual the next day, and then another disaster occurred.
God wants a change of heart in his people. He wants us to put away false gods, and the sin and wickedness that’s the cancer of society. Instead of eradicating the influence of God in our society, instead of the preaching of prosperity messages from the pulpit, a cry should go out to the world. The obvious course would be to eliminate the iniquity, then God will perform the promise given in the above verse.
But until then...
The band plays on.