Is there hope for our Communities?

Hi

It seems to me that following Bible teaching gives us a clear path to how we should live.

Hosea chapter 4 and verse 2 says this “Hear the word of the LORD.You children of Israel. For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed.”

Hosea mentions a few ramifications of faithlessness. The major truth lost concerns God’s Word and its importance to family, community life, and Israel’s relationship with Him. However, it extends beyond that: Soon, there is no reliable basis for business or its relationships; there are no solid, unwavering moral standards; in general, people are consistently untrustworthy in all aspects of life; and dependability in anything is hard to find.

“No mercy” is the next valuable quality lost. In this context, mercy has the connotation of “steadfast love,” rather than a singular act of kindness. Thus, as a people we blow hot and cold. When we are hot, we are hot, but we cannot seem to sustain it because our eye begins to rove onto some new interest that excites us. Dissatisfaction is an ever-present reality, and impatience simmers right beneath the surface.

Hosea adds that there is “no . . . knowledge of God” This knowledge contains two elements. The first is the general knowledge about God, that is, of His existence, Word, and way. As important as that is, the second—the acknowledgement of God—is even more vital in terms of affecting relationships. This indicates commitment, a robust loyalty to a way of life in which He is the focus. Jesus says in John 17 that eternal life is to know God, and the context seems to demand this idea of acknowledging Him.

The apostle Paul confirms in that Israel had a zeal for God but not according to knowledge. The Israelites had a general knowledge about God, but they did not seek Him nor know Him. At best, this suggests a very distant relationship.

If only we as a people would follow Bible teaching I am sure we would see an improved community, strong families , more kindness and so it goes on.

Am I right?

Mark

 

 

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