The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
“I the Lord search the heart
and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.” Jeremiah 17:8-10
How sick is your heart, declares the Lord God, because you did all these things, the deeds of a brazen prostitute
Ezekiel 16:30 (Both verses English Standard Version)
Recently, I saw on the Internet an article about a father in New York that has a site featuring videos of his crying toddler son, which I find disturbing since it’s bad enough little people have “moments” as they go about in the world. But to videotape every distressing moment his child has? That’s too much. I hope this dad doesn’t have to depend on his “star” when he gets old. If my man uncovers those embarrassing videos, he may put dad in some dump!
I also read about Rick Ross and his rap about drugging and raping a woman. Now Reebok dumped him thanks to said lyrics. However, the fact that such lyrics-or any other lyrics that demean anyone-can make it onto CD boggles my mind (and I believe in the First Amendment). Now some impressionable young male who follows Ross may hear this and think it’s cool.
These days, we take serious issues and make light of them in the media; didn’t we just have a recent comedy film about identity theft? We’ve become bullies and tolerate bullying, no matter how it damages the victims (or drives them to suicide). We’ve traded serious facts for “reality TV”, to which we hang on every broadcast. We have award-winning commercials that insult the intelligence of my cat, let alone human beings. We want bad news over good news-in print and on the screen.
And many of us in the Church are right in line with the above. We’re into the above nonsense without even batting an eye. Plus, we sit and get off on books about people who died and “went to Heaven” while our very neighbors are going through Hell right now. We want to hear a “get happy” gospel, or “get even” preaching over justice and mercy. We talk about “Jesus/God is love” yet support abortion clinic bombers and Gay-hatred. The Gospel of Peace that Jesus preached has been hijacked by American militarism we call “Christianity”.
And to make things even worse, we proud of our mess! We think it’s hip to be dysfunctional; looking down at those who want integrity in their lives. We flaunt our crap before the Divine and each other with a “So what?” attitude-like the “brazen prostitute” in the passage from Ezekiel. We hang on to every word of reality TV, yet ready to string up the Julian Assanges of our world that tell the truth at great cost.
We’re a sick bunch of pups; and it looks as if we’re getting sicker by the day. Jeremiah said it well, our hearts are sick. It’s as if any vestige of sanity, or integrated thinking just flew out the window. We’re critically ill and need to stop this madness and fast!
God knows our hearts and sees them as sick. Despite it all, He/She does send people our way to show us the error of our ways: prophets like those cited above, Jesus, the Heretics that stood up to the Inquisition, abolitionists in England and America, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Mahatma Gandhi, and others. However, we’ve killed off, arrested, or at best ostracized these heroes and heroines of history; preferring darkness over light. God’s getting tired of trying to heal us, yet we act non-compliant.
One day God might just euthanize us…and won’t that be a blip? We need to look at the Egyptians, Romans, and other civilizations of old who acted stupid and thought their shit didn’t stink. Who’s not to say that Western Civilization today is not far behind? Maybe God will diagnose us too far gone…not just critical, but terminal. And if God euthanizes us as a species, or at best a civilization, what then? Or at the rate we may go, God may just let us flatline on out of here-pretty much back up and let us die at our own hands. What will become of us in any of those scenarios? I don’t want to think it.
We’re critically ill, sick in heart. We need to admit this and begin the healing process-no matter how painful or costly it will be while we still have time. Or we will die-as a culture, a civilization, and quite possibly a species.