In Abraham J. Heschels book “The Prophets” 1962 we have some interesting insight into the thinking and way the Old Testament prophets reacted to a situation—allow me to quote from his book.
“Their (the prophets) breathless impatience with injustice may strike us as hysteria. We ourselves witness continually acts of injustice, manifestations of hypocrisy, falsehood, outrage, misery, but we rarely grow indignant or overly excited. To the prophets even a minor injustice assumes cosmic proportions.”
Remember Heschel is writing in the early 60’s when things are supposedly going fairly well for America—he is seeing things on the surface as calm and peaceful yet I think he feels an uneasiness as something is about to go terribly wrong, wondering why there is not a higher pitch in the voice, and/or showing of a more concern as did the prophets.
Remember he is attempting to understand and write on how the prophets thought and received their revelation from God. He writes in his introduction these words.
“Explanation, when regarded as the only goal of inquiry, becomes a substitute for understanding.”
Some 50+ years after he wrote those words we have the same occurrence repeating itself over and over—only now we call it an excuse with a small verbal correction to the statement—forcing a compromise—which is then pushed on the citizens—-repeating the statement until it is accepted. Political Correctness—–PC at its best with not many understanding the fact that we have allowed God to be evicted from our lives, our family, our educational system and our Government—-without so much as a raising of the voice—even as we have killed millions of babies—with the pro-life movement not able to stop any of the murders.
The prophets, like Jeremiah, were appalled at the actions of Israel and told them so—-probably with a raised voice telling them what they did or didn’t do.
Look at what Jeremiah in 2:12-13 says
12/ “Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saidth the Lord.”
13/ For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
Does this not sound familiar—the politicians doing contrary to God’s Law and thinking nothing of what ramification might occur? 50+ years later—-today—-we can apply Heschel’s words to the situation—–“We ourselves witness continually acts of injustice, manifestations of hypocrisy, falsehood, outrage, misery, but we rarely grow indignant or overly excited.”—even as some would say today is worse than 50 years ago. Isn’t there something very much wrong—no one is speaking up with a volume of voice that gets anyone’s attention or shows concern—&—-no one is getting excite—is anyone concern with the fact that the culture might be disintegrating or heading for serious trouble—even as we have broken cisterns and forsaken the living water? The politicians and people will find no excuse in their lack of action.
We Shall See?