Throughout history, nations have fallen from their place of significance for the same reason – they rejected the word of the Lord. When those in places of leadership allow ungodly reasoning to form their worldview, and the Church aligns itself with such compromise, evil in all forms is given an unrestricted platform to display its dark intent. These times do not arrive without warning. God’s prophets spoke warnings in the past and they are speaking similar warnings now.
Scripture reveals what was taking place before the fall of Jerusalem. This can be a template for individuals, cities, and nations. History repeats itself. We are never immune from these implications.
“Likewise, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful. They followed all the pagan practices of the surrounding nations, desecrating the Temple of the Lord that had been consecrated in Jerusalem. The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple. But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done. So, the Lord brought the king of Babylon against them” (II Chronicles 36:14-17).
These moves toward compromise take place over time – “and the people become more and more unfaithful.” In the process of time “The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them.” The downfall of individuals and nations does not arrive without warning. The compassion of the Lord is longsuffering in our seasons of disobedience because “he had compassion on his people” even as they mocked His prophets and His message.
The compassion of God does have a limit. The limit does not mean He has no more compassion. The limit is a point at which redemption is still possible. At that limit, the Lord’s compassion causes Him to open the gates of consequence for our sin. This sad juncture allows other motivating factors to enter the process to move us toward a place of redemption like it was in Jerusalem’s case when the invading Babylonian army arrived.
The equivalent of Babylonian troops has arrived in our nation and within some segments of the Church. The turnaround we so desperately need will not take place because we attended a political rally, a revival meeting, or engaged in a yelling match on social media to prove our point of view. The turnaround will take place in our hearts where we allow the word of the Lord to surgically remove our festered unbelief to set us on a new course moving forward toward a God-formed future, a future formed by the very word we initially rejected.