Long ago, the prophet Hosea gave the people of Israel Yahweh’s message – pointing out the wickedness that had permeated every area and aspect of their lives and relationships.
He described them as:
worthless as a half-baked cake,
“My people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, picking up their evil ways. Now they have become as worthless as a half-baked cake.” Hosea 7:8
like silly, witless doves,
“The people of Israel have become like silly, witless doves, first calling to Egypt, then flying to Assyria.” Hosea 7:11
and like a crooked bow that always misses its target,
“They look everywhere except to heaven, to the Most High. They are like a crooked bow that always misses its target.” Hosea 7:16a
The people of our nation could easily be portrayed in these same ways today.
We are half-baked in having lost our direction, as we no longer consider GOD’s Word, The Bible, as our “True North” – as the ultimate truth that guides our thoughts and actions. We fail to build upon the sure, solid foundation of Jesus Christ – realizing that the salvation of lost souls is the greatest need in life to be met. Instead, everyone is doing what they consider to be right in his/her own eyes, and this is leading us into ever increasing chaos, confusion, and conflict.
We are witless in the fact that we have turned away from GOD and do not put our trust in Him as our provider and our protector. We reject, mock, and ignore Him, while relying upon our government and our own ingenuity. We foolishly attempt to live independently of Him, and it is only a matter of time until we will find out that nothing is more arrogant in all of life, than our refusal to worship the Holy, Almighty GOD who created us and the earth we inhabit.
We are crooked as we pursue evil rather than good, and stand for what is wrong over what is right. Greed, gluttony, and gossip roam unchecked amongst those us. The United States government and the Western church are two of the most divided, disjointed, and derisive institutions on the planet, and both are becoming more and more irrelevant in our society.
The United States is not Israel. We are not the chosen people of GOD. Still we can learn from their mistakes and avoid the consequences of our ways if we listen, trust, and obey.