Let It Rain

I woke up around 2:00 AM and drug myself out of bed in the darkness to investigate a noise. I walked to the kitchen and looked out the window just in time to be blinded by a brilliant flash of lightening followed by a ground-vibrating roll of thunder. As sheets of water cascaded down the window over the sink, I wondered just when it was that the folks in Noah’s day began to sense something was not right. Did a feeling of doom descend upon them when the first-ever raindrops began to fall from the sky and the canopy of earth began to melt away? Or, did the dread of the deluge become an omen of obliteration when the water inched up to their necks with no dry land in sight?

Over and over, Jeremiah schooled, scorned and scolded the children of Israel. Over and over, he used the phrase, “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 7:32; 9:25; 16:14; 19:6; 23:5, 7; 30:3; 31:31; 33:14; 48:12; 49:2). Over and over he pleaded with them to repent. They could not continue to be a perverse, disobedient and rebellious nation or God would bring their world to a screeching halt (Jeremiah 18:6-10). He was more than willing to judge a nation as he had the world (cf. Genesis 6), and even use a nation more vile and repugnant than God’s people to teach repentance (Habakkuk 1:6). Sadly, “they would not hear” (Jeremiah 13:11); you just can’t warn some people. The world did not listen to Noah, the children of Israel did not listen to Jeremiah, and people are still not listening to God today.

Our country was once “one nation under God.” The Lord’s church used to be solitary in a vegetable soup of denominationalism. Such is no longer the case. People who promote Jesus in this country, especially publicly, are mocked and ridiculed for their expressions of faith. The degradation of morals has reached a point that many are calling for the acceptance of “lifestyles” so repugnant that God destroyed entire cities practicing such perversions (Genesis 19:24-25). The Lord’s church is being encouraged to compromise her unique nature to assimilate, acclimate and accept innovations to worship and service in the spirit of toleration (1 Timothy 4:1-3). The “diversity” in the church of Christ is a shameful sign of the times.

I watched the rain for a while and thought to myself, I will teach the truth of God to people who love the truth… and let it rain.

Jeff Sweeten