Today as I was reading a very difficult #QT passage (Jeremiah 23:9-32), I also was listening to Dennis Jernigan’s “I Cry Holy.” What a juxtaposition. In my ears is the acknowledgment of our need to worship and acclaim the holiness of God. Before my eyes, I read the Holy One’s lament of how false prophets have led people astray with lying words and false promises. And my eyes were drawn to verse 15 because this is the punishment for the false prophets (and the people) – “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets: ‘Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, And make them drink the water of gall; For from the prophets of Jerusalem Profaneness has gone out into all the land.'” Wow and ouch.
We have false prophets today. Do we recognize them and the damage they are doing to our world? Here are some I see out there:
1. Political False Prophets – We are in the midst of an election season (duh!) and we have many people promising all sorts of things. Some are promising to make America great again but they make a great majority of their living off of the vice of gambling. Others want to rob Peter but not really give to Paul because that is not the Socialist model. (BTW – I picked on a candidate from both sides because this is not about taking sides.) Neither the Democrats or Republicans will make this country great again but only a revival of the heart in which we cry holy to Jehovah Adonai.
2. Religious False Prophets – I walked through a book store the other day and a books about blood moons are on clearance now. I just wonder how many people were misled and became distrustful because we are still here and nothing changed. These religious false prophets took money and faith all the way to the bank… And I truly hope they get a double “helping” of wormwood.
3. Social False Prophets – Is the world improving? Has racism decreased? Are we entering an age of utopian living because we are in a post-Christian world? Go to Chicago or Baltimore or NYC right now and look around.
4. Do you see any others you would like to add to the list?